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Fairwood Hospital in Swansea will close

A community hospital in Swansea that has been threatened with closure for five years is finally set to shut. The Fairwood Hospital has been approved for closure by Health service watchdogs.


The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Community Health Council (CHC) said it had taken the "difficult decision" following a six-week consultation.


Services at the 19-bed unit will be transferred to Gorseinon hospital and the 16 nurses will be offered jobs.


The ABM University Health Board said it wanted to close Fairwood as it had staff caring for as few as three patients and it was too expensive to run. Nurses campaigning to keep it open claimed managers were sending fewer patients there to boost their case.


[quote bottom=said Phillip Williams, chief officer to the community health council at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg.] We all understand how attached people are to their local hospital but [members] had to look at the plans in light of the bigger picture [/quote]
A spokeswoman for the health board said they would confirm the next steps and the closure time scale later in the week.