REGIONAL AM Suzy Davies has called for vigilance after hearing that “an acute staffing shortage” was responsible for the closure of the Day Hospital at Maesteg Community Hospital.

Mrs Davies, who is a Welsh Conservative, wrote to ABMu chairman Andrew Davies after she was contacted by Maesteg constituents concerned about the future of the service.

Mr Davies explained that the day hospital closed in November because of an acute staffing shortage on Llynfi Ward which meant that staff manning the day hospital had to be redeployed.

He added: “It was planned that the Day Hospital would re-open in January 2018 however, due to maintenance work being carried out to remove asbestos and install Wi-fi, we are now planning on re-opening in April 2018.”

Suzy said: “The Day Hospital provides a valuable service to elderly and vulnerable people in the area and contributes to preventing unnecessary admissions for many into the Princess of Wales Hospital or other district hospitals.

“There were very real fears that it would never re-open . The assurance from the board is welcome but raises more worrying questions about nurse shortages.

“I have already asked for assurances that the future of Maesteg Hospital is secure should responsibility for health services in the Bridgend area be moved from ABMu to Cwm Taf health Board but I will be following up on these issues as well.”