South West Wales

Swansea's threatened Fairwood Hospital to close

Fairwood Hospital
Image caption Fairwood Hospital was built in 1914, and has been under threat of closure for five years

A community hospital in Swansea that has been threatened with closure for five years is finally set to shut.

Health service watchdogs have approved plans to close Fairwood Hospital.

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Community Health Council (CHC) said it had taken the "difficult decision" following a six-week consultation.

Services at the 19-bed unit will be transferred to Gorseinon hospital and the 16 nurses will be offered jobs.

The ABM University Health Board said it wanted to close Fairwood as it had staff caring for as few as three patients and it was too expensive to run.

Nurses campaigning to keep it open claimed managers were sending fewer patients there to boost their case.

Phillip Williams, chief officer to the community health council, said they had listened to both sides and it was "nor an easy decision".

"We all understand how attached people are to their local hospital but [members] had to look at the plans in light of the bigger picture."

Patients needing to remain in bed while care packages are put in place for them to return home and those needing rehabilitation before being discharged will now be cared for on a newly-refurbished ward at Gorseinon.

A spokeswoman for the health board said they would confirm the next steps and the closure time scale later in the week.

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