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600 hospital beds at risk in Wales

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Up to 600 hospital beds could close in the south of Wales as part of proposals to move care closer to peoples’ homes in the region.

The proposals contain plans close Cardiff Royal Infirmary's West Wing and the city's Rookwood hospital and replace them with a new larger centre.

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Local Health Boards and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals, have drawn up the plans

The plans follow on from a document called Designed For Life, which called on more care to be provided in community settings in the region.

A spokesperson for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust said the 600 bed figure was approximate and could change depending on the outcome of a consultation, which will begin later this year.

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