Admissions to Llangollen hospital suspended

A community hospital has suspended admissions because it could not guarantee safe levels of staffing overnight.

Admissions to Denbighshire's Llangollen hospital were stopped over a week ago.

A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said the decision had been taken to ensure patient safety was not compromised.

A decision over admitting new patients will not be taken until after a meeting with GPs and officials on Tuesday.

The spokesman said: "We are now working with local GPs, the Welsh Assembly Government and other partners to consider how we can develop primary and community care for the communities of south Clwyd and south Denbighshire.

"With the pressures on public finances, the health board is having to review many of its services to ensure they can continue to provide safe and effective care for patients across north Wales."

The hospital has 18 beds but in the past year no more than 10 have been occupied at one time.

In the past few days there have been only four patients.

The building is in need of a major refurbishment, but the spokesman said no decisions on its future would be taken until after the review of services across the area had been completed.

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