Morriston Hospital revamp scheme boosted by £18m award
MORRISTON Hospital bosses are to splash out £18 million on some big changes, including redeveloping its main entrance.
The money will also be spent on improving clinical accommodation for out-patient, renal dialysis, endoscopy and maxillofacial services, and providing a new education centre.
The money has been allocated to the hospital by the Welsh Government as part of its draft budget for 2013-14.
The boost for Morriston's redevelopment, and also for mental health services across South Wales, has been welcomed by Health Minister Lesley Griffiths.
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It is on top of the more than £100 million that the Welsh Government has invested at Morriston already.
Meanwhile, people with mental illnesses will benefit from a further £12 million being spent across South Wales.
The £30 million for health capital projects is part of a wider £175 million capital investment package for hospitals, schools, roads and houses.
Mrs Griffiths said: "The £6.3 billion budget for the health service has been protected, meaning we are still spending more than 40 per cent of the total Welsh Government budget on health, despite deep cuts to our overall budget by the UK Government.
"Investing in hospitals continues despite these budget reductions. The announcement of an extra £30 million is good news not only for the health service but for the wider economy of Wales, creating or supporting construction jobs.
"We have invested heavily in Morriston Hospital over the last three years, with £108 million already, making significant improvements across the site.
"Our approach to mental health services has been commended by mental health charities, and service users tell us they are better than they have ever been. We are committed to investing further in these vital services and I am very pleased to have secured £12 million for new facilities."
ABMU's planning director Paul Stauber welcomed the announcement.
He said: "This is excellent news and enables the health board to maintain the momentum in developing new state-of-the-art accommodation at Morriston Hospital."