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Concern at Ysbyty Alltwen's unused beds

Ysbyty Alltwen
A local health watchdog is concerned not all beds are being used

A new hospital is being criticised because some beds have still not been used almost a year after it opened.

Ysbyty Alltwen in Tremadog, Gwynedd, opened in April last year replacing the previous hospital, Bron y Garth, in Penrhyndeudraeth.

Health watchdogs said they were unhappy only 24 of the 30 beds had been used.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which runs the hospital, said the new hospital had the same number of beds available as the one it replaced.

Gogledd Gwynedd Community Health Council, which represents users of the health service in the area, said it was concerned and saddened that the hospital was not being used to its full potential.

It has written to management for an explanation.

The new hospital, which faced a series of delays before opening due to problems including the drainage system, also has a kidney dialysis unit.

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