Specialist and Critical Care Centre moves a step closer
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, is one of the most significant proposed investments in the NHS in Wales, at a cost of £242 million.
The SCCC 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.
The Welsh Government has already provided significant funding support for the development of local general hospitals in the Health Board area, with funding of £217 million for two new hospitals, Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
The SCCC has the strong support of the Gwent community, NHS staff across the South Wales catchment area, the five Gwent Borough councils, Gwent CHC and a range of voluntary and community groups.
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."