The Welsh government has given the go ahead for the construction of a new Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) after confirming it will invest £350M in the project.
Although final tender costs are yet to be confirmed, the centre in Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran will see a £350M investment from the Welsh government.
The Specialist and Critical Care Centre will play a key role in the Clinical Futures strategy, launched in 2004, which seeks to modernise health services in Gwent.
The SCCC will be purpose built to cater for those who need complex specialist or critical care. It will include a 24 hour assessment unit, dealing with all major emergencies and resuscitation cases; intensive care facilities, comprehensive diagnostic services, theatres and a consultant led Obstetric Unit.
The Welsh government also hope that the new 470 bedded hospital will play a significant role in South Wales. The SCCC will work alongside other major acute hospitals to provide high quality services to the catchment area of over 600,000 people
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: “I know there has been a high level of public and political interest in this project and after careful consideration I’m delighted to have approved the full business case for the SCCC. I will now release capital funding from 2016/17 to 2021/22 to build what will be a state of the art hospital in Gwent.
“The SCCC has had strong support locally and through public consultation on the South Wales Programme. I am confident that bringing together complex and more acute services on one hospital site will allow the local health board to secure a range of benefits which will improve the quality of care for patients.
The SCCC is expected to open in 2022.
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