£60million Morriston Hospital Development Making Healthy Progress
THE £60million Morriston Hospital development is making healthy progress, one year into the operation, and patients are expected to be able to use the new building in 2014.
The external frame is finished and the inside is taking shape, with some of the walls and doorways in place on the three storey build.
Paul Stauber, director of planning, said: "I am delighted with the progress being made and we are on target to start welcoming patients and staff into the new building in autumn 2014.
It should, he says, make life a lot easier for outpatients, with paediatric outpatients, the fracture clinic, radiology, cleft lip and palate, phlebotomy and other services all housed there.
"The building is designed to bring as many non-inpatient services into a central location as possible.
"We find that patients accessing services as an outpatient sometimes need to visit a number of departments, such as blood tests, x-ray or pre-assessment, during their appointment.
"By bringing them together, patients won't need to navigate their way around the hospital.
"The building will also include the new main entrance. As it is opposite the car park patients can walk straight in to the hospital.
"It will be much bigger than the current entrance and will have a large seating area, coffee bar and shops, making the environment a more pleasant one."
It isn't only patients who will benefit from the new building, as it will have new offices for support services, such as porters, and hospital management.
There will also be a new education centre providing a central hub for education, including lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a skills lab, dental lab and ward environment, so students and staff can learn through simulation.
Debbie Morgan, director of workforce and organisational development, added: "It is great to see the new education centre taking shape as this will provide a first class learning environment for all our staff and students from October 2014.
"Having a single education centre at Morriston Hospital will also provide greater opportunities for multi-professional learning."