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  1. Jo Cerys
    March 2, 2014 / 10:36 am

    A excellent Question, well done for your quick thinking there! Amazing piece!

  2. Claire
    March 2, 2014 / 10:51 am

    Thank you. Yes, so glad I raised the issue of health care. Shame I didn't get chance to respond. and say more Thanks.

  3. Debbie Johnson
    March 3, 2014 / 12:15 am

    Well done!! I can't imagine that microphone approaching does anything but stop your heart and ability to speak (in my case). Having been back in Wales just over 2 years, it's swings and roundabouts, I would never think England better- as you are proving you have quicker routes to the Senydd than you would Parliament. That aside, I genuinely think 'some people' make decisions by stats based on a piece of paper, and this is one example. When Tom was 10weeks we were in a hospital 60 miles away (Todmorden- Sheffield), it meant for five days he didn't see his twin, his sister, or father. It was unbearable. And realistically, for new parents- completely unacceptable.Selfishly, at a time when multiple births are increasing, there is a link to an increase in the support of SCBU. Well done for standing up.Well done for protecting those parents to be who do not know how important this issue is.

  4. Claire
    March 3, 2014 / 10:10 am

    Hi, I know what you mean about being in a hospital so far away. As Danny's heart condition is complex, he can only be seen at Birmingham or GOSH. His care is currently under Birmingham. When he was born we stayed in the parent accommodation for a month until he was allowed home. It is hard not seeing your family. Thankfully, we had no other children at the time and it is a different situation for such complex needs. It saddens me to think that a lot more new parents will now be in this situation, far from home, when they could have been treated at a local SCBU with family support. As you say, there is an increase in multiple births and also of premature babies, so we should be increasing SCBU services not decreasing them. I wonder how Carmarthen are going to cope with this influx of new patients too. The patients who are most at risk are those who present themselves as a straightforward pregnancy and healthy baby and then complications arise during the delivery and an emergency c-section is needed. There will be no consultants and at that stage I would not have wanted to be transported to Carmarthen. Having a SCBU at Withbush saved Danny's life. They kept him alive until the Cardiff ambulance team came down to get him. After one day, Cardiff then transported him to B'Ham. When my sister's pre term baby needed care for a month, we were all around to support her and I'm sure this helps with recovery.There are also many positives about health care in Wales, but cuts are not one of them.Thanks for commenting.Claire

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