Mums reassured they can have their babies with absolute confidence in Singleton Hospital
MUMS have been assured they can have their babies at Singleton Hospital with absolute confidence.
Earlier this week, health watchdogs heard how mums were "horrified" to find there were no paediatricians at Singleton.
However, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has emphasised there is a full range of specialist medical and nursing staff at the site.
It says £3 million is also being invested in the unit to make it the best of its kind in South Wales.
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The paediatricians remark was made during a meeting of patient watchdog ABM Community Health Council.
Members were discussing ABMU's Changing For The Better programme, which sets out potential health service changes in the years to come.
Singleton's obstetrics service (childbirth and the treatment of women before and after birth) and neonatal (newborn babies) intensive care could move to Morriston. The latter is home to children's wards and a paediatric unit.
Because there has been no opposition to this, it is likely to be approved without the need for formal consultation.
Meanwhile, however, ABMU has provided reassurances for mums following the reporting of the remark about paediatricians, which it felt was misleading.
Director of planning Paul Stauber said mums could have their babies at Singleton with absolute confidence.
"The present position is that the neonatal unit is staffed by eight consultant neonatologists who are dedicated to the care of premature babies," said Mr Stauber.
"These consultants are fully qualified paediatricians with expertise to care for newborn babies.
"They are supported by a dedicated rota of middle grade and junior doctors, which are completely separate from the doctors who provide support to the paediatric services at Morriston Hospital.
"For clarity, there are two separate rotas within Swansea for paediatrics. In addition, they are also supported by a significant number of highly skilled neonatal nurses."
ABMU has also announced that Singleton's neonatal unit will have a multi-million pound makeover.
The £3milllion scheme will provide isolation facilities and allow the unit to care for up to 18 very poorly babies from across South West Wales.
Also included in the plans are beds for parents, a quiet room and new storage facilities.
Mr Stauber said: "The significant refurbishment will make it by far the best physical environment for neonatal care out of the three units in South Wales."