North West Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr health board meetings move Tywyn venue

The venue for public meetings to discuss the health service re-shuffle plans in Tywyn, Gwynedd, has been changed.

Three sessions were due to be held at the Corbett Arms on 19 September but will now be held at the community hall.

A Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesman said sessions will be held at 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00 BST.

The board is planning controversial changes as it faces a financial shortfall of £64.6m this year.

Under the reorganisation plans the X-ray facility at Tywyn memorial hospital will close, and the opening hours of the minor injuries unit will be reduced to reflect the changes to the local population outside the tourist season.

As the area is near the border with Hywel Dda Health Board, the two boards are also looking at where patients can best access treatment.

Hywel Dda Health Board is also currently carrying out its own review of services.

"It may sometimes be better for patients to go to Wrexham or the north west of England rather than south Wales when specialist hospital services are needed," says the Betsi Cadwaladr health board in its consultation document.

The proposed changes face objections, with residents of rural areas, and tourist spots, arguing that any loss of services will be detrimental.

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