PLANS for the final phase of the ground and first floor refurbishment of Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil, have been approved by the Welsh Government.
The £120m scheme, which will complete the rebuilding of the hospital from the inside out, will ensure patients receive their care, including surgery, in modern, fit-for-purpose surroundings.
This final phase of the redevelopment of Prince Charles Hospital will see a newly designed entrance added to the site for outpatients (far right of picture above) and a new theatres unit for the hospital.
Announcing approval for the scheme’s outline business case, Health Minister Mark Drakeford, said: “I’m delighted to approve plans for the final phase of the refurbishment of Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr, which will provide much improved facilities for patients in the Cwm Taf Health Board area.
“This £119m investment is another example of our commitment to the health service in Wales despite the continuation of tough economic conditions.”
The final stage of work will involve the phased modernisation of a number of clinical and non-clinical areas on the ground and first floors, including:
Main and day theatres
Kitchen and dining area
Key clinical office accommodation
Physiotherapy, including hydrotherapy
Main outpatients and ward 15
The work will involve stripping the hospital back to its original steel frame to remove asbestos from the building and ensuring up-to-date fire prevention design
All efforts will be made to minimise disruption to staff and patients and it is expected it will take five years for the main work to be carried out to ensure that current service levels are maintained.
It is expected that Cwm Taf Health Board will submit a full business case to the Welsh Government for consideration next year.
Earlier phases have seen all the wards at the hospital completely refurbished and modernised and the creation of the new emergency care centre and day surgery unit.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford, who officially opened the refurbished wards in July, said: “The refurbishment work was essential to ensure safe and sustainable health care in the Prince Charles Hospital. It was a huge undertaking, but patient services were maintained without disruption at all times under difficult circumstances.”
Allison Williams, chief executive of Cwm Taf Health Board, said: “This final phase of the refurbishment scheme represents the last stage of the process to modernise Prince Charles Hospital and improve facilities for patients and staff.
“There has been a lot of building work at the hospital over the last few years and we’re incredibly grateful for people’s patience and understanding while this has been happening.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this next phase of work may cause but it is essential to ensure patients from Merthyr Tydfil, south Powys and neighbouring areas receive their high-quality care in modern, fit-for-purpose surroundings.”