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Green light for £5m improvements to Tywyn Hospital

16/08/2013

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has approved more than £5million funding for major improvements to Tywyn Hospital in Gwynedd.

These will include the refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition of part of the hospital and a new build extension.

Patients in the area will benefit from a new primary care resource centre, bringing together several health services in one place, as well as a new 16-bed ward on the site of the existing Dyfi ward.

The new ward will provide vast improvements in patient dignity, privacy and comfort. It is also designed to allow greater flexibility in terms of use so it can provide palliative care, rehabilitation and assessment plus take transfers from other hospitals, thus reducing delayed transfers of care.

The existing ward area will be refurbished to house community clinics and other services displaced by the demolition of the existing wing.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:

"These are hard times economically, and we have tough spending choices to make.

"However, investment in hospital services continues, and the £5m funding for improvements at Tywyn Hospital will bring great benefit to the community.

"An increase in bed numbers and the integration of several services here will enable more people to be cared for closer to home in an environment which is fit for purpose.

"This is in line with the Welsh Government's aim to modernise health services and provide a greater range of healthcare services locally”

Mr Neil Bradshaw, Director of Planning, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:

"We are delighted to get this confirmation that the redevelopment of Tywyn Hospital can move forward. The Hospital's location means it has an important role making sure people living in the area have access to local health services. The work that will be taking place will provide better facilities for patients and will help us improve services by bring primary and community care together under one roof."


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