There are a number of Welsh babies, especially from the North East and Mid Wales facing the reality of having to receive surgery from hospitals over the border in England.
Dr Siwan Wyn Jones, who is originally from the Llanfair Caereinion area, works as a paediatrician at Arrowe Park Hospital.
In light of the recent experience of treating a number of babies from Wales she highlighted the need for adequate playing and reading resources for the families of those children.
Dr Jones said:
“After a period of working at Arrowe Park Hospital, I noticed that there weren’t any Welsh or bi-lingual books and resources available for the use of families from Wales in the family room at the hospital.’
‘We know that it is important to read to babies from the first day they are born, it can also be a familiar experience to the baby or the child to hear a parent or family member’s voice reading a story to them whilst staying in a hospital.’
‘Subsequently, I contacted Mudiad Meithrin to see if they could provide a pack of Welsh books for babies, children and their families from Wales so that there are appropriate resources available to them as is already available in English".
Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive Mudiad Meithrin added:
"While babies and children from Wales continue to receive treatment in England, it is important that we are able to provide for the families of children who wish to read a story to children in Welsh. I know, from personal experience, there is no lack of resources available in English at these designated family rooms in hospitals on the border.
Mudiad Meithrin is pleased to be able to respond, at the request of Dr Jones, to fill the gap that exists on grass root level in an attempt to mitigate the unavoidable period that is challenging and difficult for families ".
Dr Siwan Wyn Jones with the Welsh language books for the Families of Arrowe Park