Health secretary for Wales Vaughan Gething has approved over £31m of investment for child health, premature babies and obstetric services in South Wales.
The money will be split between improving services in Cwm Taf University Health Board and in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
“This significant investment will help to deliver the best possible care”
Over £25m will be spent on redeveloping neonatal and obstetric services at the University Hospital of Wales. The investment will provide eight extra intensive care cots in a redeveloped neonatal unit with expanded facilities for patients and families including a bereavement suite.
It will also pay for new obstetrics facilities, including a ward with eight extra inpatient beds with en suite facilities, and a new dedicated obstetric operating theatre with a dedicated recovery area.
Meanwhile, the Welsh government said over £6m of the funding would be invested in consolidating and redeveloping services at Prince Charles Hospital, Cwm Taf.
It will go towards an expansion of the neonatal unit with nine extra cots, a redeveloped obstetric labour ward with six birthing rooms – one with a pool – and a redeveloped midwife-led unit, with four birthing rooms – two with pools.
In addition, ministers said the investment would be used to refurbish the hospital’s existing maternity operating theatre and to build a second operating theatre facility alongside it.
The investment in Cardiff and Vale is higher due to the complexity and space constraints on the existing site, said the government.
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Announcing the investment today, Mr Gething said: “This funding will benefit services for mothers and babies at Prince Charles Hospital and the University Hospital of Wales.
“It forms part of our commitment to supporting the South Wales Programme, developing health services for women and babies that are fit for the future,” he said.
“This significant investment will help to deliver the best possible care, in line with expert guidance and standards from specialist bodies… and will provide extra capacity to meet growing demands for services in the years to come,” he added.
It is anticipated that the schemes will be completed by December 2017 in Cwm Taf University Health Board and in June the following year in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.