Future of Chirk hospital unit now critical


Emily Davies

CHIRK’s minor injuries unit will close within the next week, health care officials have confirmed.
The MIU, which is currently based in the town’s community hospital, will be moved to a new hub at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
It is one of six sites across North Wales that will close as part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s controversial Community Health Service changes which were confirmed last month.
The timescale for closure was announced last Tuesday (February 5), along with the confirmation that movement of outpatient services from Llangollen Community Hospital to Chirk began on February 4. This will eventually result in the closure of Llangollen’s hospital.
But officials also revealed the changes are proceeding despite a lack of response from the Community Health Council.
A spokesperson for BCUHB said they were going ahead with the changes without the response because: “We have to balance this with safety of services, our use of resources and our desire to implement the planned service improvements.
“The Board will continue to work with the Community Health Council over the next few weeks to address any outstanding concerns, but it is right that, where appropriate, we move forward without undue delay,” they added.
The changes had been met with public protests and a lengthy petition spearheaded by Chirk Community Hospital’s Circle of Friends.

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