Works will improve services and help board to meet health and safety regulations
Permission has been granted for the £108m refurbishment of Prince Charles Hospital in Wales.
Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths has given the green light for the project, which will see the refurbishment of the ground and first floors of the hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.
The work is needed to ensure the building meets the latest fire and health and safety standards, including the removal of asbestos commonly used in the 1970s to provide fire protection.
The refurbishment will also allow for the redesign and relocation of a number of services and departments, enabling the hospital to improve the quality of care it offers patients. Plans include the expansion of the existing GP out-of-hours area and the relocation of the critical care area so it is next to operating theatres.
Griffiths said: “I am pleased to be able to allow Cwm Taf Health Board to proceed with the detailed planning of the refurbishment of Prince Charles Hospital. The scheme will improve the working environment for staff and provide better services for patients.”
Dr Chris Jones, chairman of the health board, added: "This is such wonderful news. It is as clear a statement as can possibly be made of commitment to the importance of Prince Charles Hospital to the communities within and around Cwm Taf. Quite rightly, the facilities need to be 21st Century and this investment, on top of the £85m over the last three years will enable us to provide excellent services going forward.”
Indicative planned funding for the scheme totals £107.812m between 2011-12 and 2018-19.