North West Wales

Leonard Cheshire Disability's Arfon brain unit to close

A total of 79 health care workers have been consulted on redundancies ahead of the planned closure of a charity-run brain injury unit.

Leonard Cheshire Disability's Arfon unit in Colwyn Bay, Conwy, is due to shut soon as its last remaining patient has been relocated.

Its nearby Eithinog home will continue but staff at both have been consulted.

The charity said it was committed to maintaining other local services and keeping redundancies to a minimum.

There has been only five residents at the Arfon unit in recent months leading the organisation to rethink its services, said a spokesperson.

The neighbouring Eithinog unit is a home with nursing care for younger residents with disabilities.

It is unaffected by the closure of the Arfon unit which is due to shut at the end of the month.

The spokesperson said it will continue to be maintained by staff while managers consider how the building can be used.

She said the organisation was liaising with local health service commissioners to consider the needs of people with disabilities in the area.

"After careful consideration about the falling demand at our specialist acquired brain injury unit at Arfon, we have reluctantly taken the decision to close the service whilst we consider our future plans," she said.

"A total of 79 staff are affected and we are working with them to keep redundancies to a minimum."

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