South West Wales

Fairwood Hospital nurses to protest at closure meeting

Staff at Fairwood Hospital in Swansea
Image caption Staff plan to protest outside the community health council meeting in Aberavon

Nurses at a threatened community hospital in Swansea are to lobby health watchdogs in an attempt to save it.

The ABM University Health Board says 16 nurses care for as few as three patients at Fairwood Hospital and it could save £560,000 if it closed.

Community health councillors will decide if there widespread public consultation is needed first.

Staff due at the meeting in Aberavon claim the site has been deliberately run down, which is denied by officials.

Fairwood nurse and union representative Della Davies said supporters of the hospital would lobby health councillors on their way in.

She has questioned the health board's figures and said without full public consultation of the plans the hospital would close in a matter of weeks.

Most of the patients sent to Fairwood have been discharged from Singleton or Morriston hospitals but without arrangements in place for care at home.

The health board said there was spare capacity at Gorseinon Cottage Hospital and they could go there instead.

It rejects the claims that it has deliberately run the hospital down and says it has become more efficient and providing care for patients in their own homes.

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