Three Hospitals Close as Single Centre Unveiled; Elderly Patients Will Receive Improved Care
Byline: CARL BUTLER
A NEW health centre will change the way old people are cared for in north east Wales, hospital bosses say.
The Branwen rehabilitation ward at Deeside means three out-of-date hospitals can close.
Trevalyn at Rossett, Meadowslea at Penyffordd and Dobshill, Buckley, will be replaced by the new North East Wales NHS trust's unit at Deeside Community Hospital in Aston, Shotton.
The old hospitals all need substantial investment to bring them up to modern standards and meet health and safety regulations.
They were also in isolated locations and difficult for relatives to reach unless they had their own transport.
A survey found many patients in the old hospitals were not from the local area.
And recuperating patients needing medical treatment had to be transferred by ambulance to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Lord Barry Jones, the hospital's League of Friends president, officially opened Branwen ward, which has 34 beds and extensive day room and dining facilities.
It stands alongside Deeside Hospital's existing physiotherapy department, expanded to meet the needs of the ward and the day hospital service, which will also be provided from Branwen Ward. …