Thursday, 29 October 2009


Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, is a ‘community hospital’ offering a combination of non-surgical health care and social care. Like about a third of all community hospitals in the UK, the Alex has been under recurring threat of closure – as if people in authority have been itching to get rid.

The present threat is serious. Only one inpatient ward is functioning and that may close soon. We are told that the wards fail to conform with fire safety regulations. If this is true, the problem could be solved at a price. Recently the NHS found a lot of money to cover administrative costs of rolling all the North Wales NHS Trusts into one big ‘Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’.

If you wish to air your concerns about the Alex, you could contact Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2PW, tel (01248) 384384.


SUN 29th NOV 2009 UPDATE
: Last week in Daily Post there were reports that a ward was still functioning and would not close on December 1st as scheduled. Campaigners have presented to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board a 500-signature petition to save the Alex's in-patient facilities.