Major investment in specialist and critical care centre for patients who need complex and acute emergency treatment in South Wales given “green light” by ministers.
The construction of a specialist and critical care centre at Llanfrechfa Grange in Gwent has been approved by the country’s health secretary Vaughan Gething.
“We look forward to seeing this new hospital benefit patients”
The project has been on the political agenda for a while. The hospital was first proposed 12 years ago in 2004 but was put on hold in 2009 before being reconsidered the following year.
Final tender costs are yet to be agreed, but the Welsh government has pledged to invest around £350m in the new hospital, which is expected to open in 2022.
The Welsh government said the centre formed a “key part of the ambitious” Clinical Futures strategy launched in 2004, to modernise health services in Gwent.
The centre will be part of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, but ministers said they expected the new hospital to have a “strong regional role”, working with other major acute hospitals to “deliver the best possible outcomes for patients”.
Mr Gething said: “I know there has been a high level of public and political interest in this project and after careful consideration I’m delighted to have approved the full business case.
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“I will now release capital funding from 2016-17 to 2021-22 to build what will be a state of the art hospital in Gwent,” he said.
He added: “I am confident that bringing together complex and more acute services on one hospital site will allow the local health board to secure a range of benefits which will improve the quality of care for patients.
The Royal College of Nursing said it welcomed today’s announcement. Tina Donnelly, director of the RCN in Wales, said: “We supported this in the public consultation and are pleased to see action has started to make this a reality.
“We look forward to seeing this new hospital benefit patients throughout South Wales whilst also relieving pressure from surrounding NHS services,” she said.