£1.95m boost for Llandudno Hospital Minor Injuries Unit
Welsh Government funding of more than £1.9m has been announced today for a new Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Llandudno General Hospital by the Health Minister Mark Drakeford.
The current unit is the busiest MIU in North Wales and one of the busiest in Wales. The new unit will provide more space for patients and staff allowing for more patients to be treated there. It will also provide better facilities with more privacy for patients, and there will be improved access for patients and the general public.
The Health Minister said:
"The Minor Injuries Unit at Llandudno General Hospital provides a vital service to the area. With around 17,000 people treated there every year it is the busiest in North Wales. The new refurbished unit will not only provide a better experience for patients and staff, but it will also allow more patients to be treated there which in turn will reduce demand on the emergency departments of Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
"The Unit will improve services for local people, and the large number visitors who come to the area, and it will have a positive impact on the health service as a whole in North Wales.
"This is good news for Llandudno today and I look forward to seeing the start of work on the new Unit early next year.”
The existing unit was built in 1999 and originally designed as an outpatient area. Work on the new unit is due to begin January 2014 and work is expected to be finished by January the following year.
Dr Peter Higson, Chairman of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said:
"We are delighted that funding for upgrading the Minor Injuries Unit at Llandudno Hospital has been confirmed. This is the next stage in the development of the hospital which is a key hub for health services in North Wales.”