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Multi-million pound investment announced into specialist care for babies, maternity services and child health at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil

More than £6m is being invested in Prince Charles Hospital to increase the size of its neonatal unit and expand its maternity facilities with refurbished birthing rooms and three new pools.

The investment from Welsh Government, following a comprehensive business case from Cwm Taf University Health Board, will provide:

• an expansion of the neonatal unit with nine extra cots for premature or sick babies;
• a redeveloped obstetric labour ward with six birthing rooms, one with a pool;
• a redeveloped midwife-led unit, with four birthing rooms, two with pools.

The investment will also be used to refurbish the existing maternity operating theatre and to build a second operating theatre facility alongside it.

Allison Williams, chief executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board:
“This expansion will enable us to care for more premature and sick babies as well as provide more of the latest facilities and equipment for all our mums-to- be. It is a really exciting development for Prince Charles Hospital and Cwm Taf and will provide our local communities with a wide range of specialist consultant and midwife-led care.”

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: “This significant investment will help to deliver the best possible care, in line with expert guidance and standards from specialist bodies including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the All Wales neonatal network, and will provide extra capacity to meet growing demands for services in the years to come.

“It’s a further example of how we are investing in improving healthcare for the future for the people of Wales.”