North West Wales

Porthmadog hospital's £2.8m dialysis bid discussed

Bed at Ysbyty Alltwen
Image caption If the new unit is built it would free up the hospital's day investigation unit

Plans for £2.8m permanent renal dialysis unit near Porthmadog are to be discussed by health officials later.

It would replace the current temporary provision at Ysbyty Alltwen hospital in Tremadog.

A satellite unit was set up at the hospital in January last year to reduce the distances patients have to travel.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board discuss the plan with a recommendation to support a bid for the required funding.

Previously some south Gwynedd residents had journeys of two hours each way for treatment.

Main dialysis services for north west Wales are provided at the Elidir Unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

The Alltwen facility is one of six "satellite" units throughout Wales.

The new building, next to the Alltwen hospital, would house 12 station units and would free up the day investigation unit at the hospital which is currently used as the temporary unit by 19 dialysis patients.

Ken Jones, secretary of Ysbyty Gwynedd Kidney Patients Association which covers the Alltwen unit, said users were one hundred percent behind the plan for a permanent unit.

"It's a fantastic idea, and I hope they use common sense and pass this because it changes the lives of people in a rural area like this," he said.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board meeting will be held at 1000 BST at Wrexham Maelor hospital.

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