Minister gives green light for Cwmbran hospital
1:39pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Gwent news
PLANS for a long-awaited hospital near Cwmbran were given the green light today.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has approved initial plans for a Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) to treat Gwent’s sickest patients.
The new centre, which will be built at the Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital site near Cwmbran, will cost £242 million and will consolidate specialist services in the region and will include a trauma and emergency assessment centre; specialist cardiac, radiology and stroke services; critical care; an obstetrics unit; emergency and complex gynaecology; and specialist paediatric emergency and inpatient care.
It is estimated that it will be fully operational in 2019.
Mark Drakeford said: “It is widely accepted that concentrating medical expertise in highly specialist areas is key to providing effective, consultant-led services seven days a week.
“My approval of the Outline Business Case means that the development of the SCCC is now a step closer. The Health Board will now need to prepare a robust Full Business Case and assure me that this development takes into account the outcomes of the South Wales Programme.
”It will provide the best configuration of specialist services to deliver the highest quality of care and outcomes for patients, at the same time making the best use of specialist staff and skills.
“Approval of the initial plans for this development signals our continuing commitment to place health services on a safer and more sustainable footing.”
Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan Health Board Andrew Goodall said:
"I am delighted that the next stage of this very important development has been given the green light. The SCCC has always had strong support from clinicians and patients in the Gwent area. This agreement now means that the Health board can proceed with its local planning with the urgency it deserves."
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