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To: Hywel Dda Health Board

Stop the closure of the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush Hospital

Stop the closure of the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush Hospital

Dear Hywel Dda Health Board,

Please stop the closure of SCBU at Withybush Hospital. It is a vital service for this area.

Why is this important?

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is the only one in Pembrokeshire. By closing it, newborn babies will have to be sent to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, a round trip of around 80 miles in a rural area. Many babies will not survive this trip and parents will not be able to visit their babies due to the long distance and difficulties with transport in this area. This will have a long-term knock-on effect with the parents not being able to bond with their babies.

My daughter was born six weeks premature and without the care she received immediately after birth in SCBU she would not have survived. She is now a healthy 25 year old with two sons and a daughter of her own, my gorgeous grandchildren who are the light of my life.

My youngest granddaughter also needed special care when she was born prematurely, she was several months early and tiny. She is now, thanks to the care and dedication of the staff on SCBU, a healthy and happy 3 year old. My son and his wife would have been unable to spend any time with her if they had been forced to travel to Carmarthen.

Giving birth to a baby that needs special care is stressful enough without adding extra problems for the parents. They need to be able to visit their baby often, especially if Mum is breastfeeding and forcing them to travel to Carmarthen will make an already hard time even harder. Most young families don't have their own transport and public transport in this area is almost non-existent.

How it will be delivered


Withybush Hospital, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

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Reasons for signing

  • I'm 29 weeks pregnant, I have no option but to go to Carmarthen, as I'm under the consultant the last 2 labours were less than 15 mins..I would be hard pushed to make it to Withybush let alone the 45 miles to Glangwilli.They intend to review the situation in 12 months,!! if the number of women giving birth in Withybush is deemed too small to warrant junior Drs training in obstetrics, surely the number of mothers and babies lost will also be deemed too small as to be relevant...very very sad
  • I signed because cutting back will result in poor services and endanger lives.
  • Potentially many fatalities and permanent affect on parents lives who will lose their children purely because the NHS are penny pinching. If this closes you might aswell drive straight to Carmarthen to give birth because giving birth in Withybush just won't be worth the risk of losing your baby.


2014-03-04 20:41:23 +0000

The Petition is going to be delivered by hand at the Senedd tomorrow, 5 March. Wish us luck!

2014-01-24 14:18:31 +0000

10,000 signatures reached