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Spinal Units

Volume 983: debated on Tuesday 29 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list in the Official Report the names and locations of all specialist spinal units in Wales; and how many beds each unit provides.

The Welsh spinal injuries unit, which serves certain parts of the West of England as well as South Wales, has 40 rehabilitation beds at Rookwood hospital, Cardiff, but also makes use of beds at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the Prince of Wales hospital, Rhydlafar. Patients from mid Wales are treated at Oswestry and those from North Wales at Southport.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list in the Official Report the number of beds dedicated to the treatment of spinal injuries per million of the population provided in Wales.

Since the arrangements for treatment of spinal injuries do not correspond with regional boundaries it is not possible to quote the number of beds available for this purpose per million of the Welsh population.