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WE WON; Hospital will get pounds 45million revamp after protesters campaign against service cuts.


HEALTH minister Edwina Hart has given the go-ahead to draw up plans for a pounds 20m-pounds 45m redevelopment of Llandudno hospital.

The new Betsi Cadwaladr health board for North Wales was given ministerial approval to develop the scheme after a series of detailed reports into the hospital's future.

A huge campaign was launched to save the hospital in the town after a threat that the facilities there could be down-graded.

A final study by Brian Pickles on behalf of a project board set up to consider 50 recommendations for the hospital was completed in the spring.

A Welsh Assembly Government spokesperson said yesterday: "The health minister has received a copy of the report and has now asked the new local health board to develop plans to implement the report's recommendations."

The project board concluded: "Whilst detailed costings have not been produced within the timescale for the project and will need to be firmed up in a business case, estimates provided are that the total investment required to support all the recommendations is Plaid AM in a range from pounds 20m to pounds 45m depending on the range of services and final configuration of the hospital."

The project will now be placed on the agenda for the incoming health board in October.

Linda Groom from the Llandudno hospital action group said: "It was people power that won this. The public backed us and the campaigning paid off.

"But we won't be disbanding the action group until we see this come to fruition."

Plaid Cymru AM for Aberconwy Gareth Jones said: "This vindicates what we were saying all along that the hospital is worth investing in and should not be considered for any sort of down-grading. I am pleased that the minister understands it should be upgraded to be a hospital we can be proud of."

A review of the future of Llandudno General Hospital was carried out by Frank Burns in 2007 which made 50 recommendations.

The project Jones group report recommends that Llandudno Hospital becomes a diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation centre. It says: "The hospital would deliver a wide range of health care that supports local primary and community services, as well as the acute hospital sites at Bangor and Glan Clwyd.

"Through this it would be able to play its full part as one of the network of hospitals across North Wales."

The report recommends a Minor Injuries Unit linked to the GP out of hours service; out patient, in patient and day case services; and a diagnostic centre with X-ray screening, scanning and testing.

A specialist rehabilitation centre would exist for stroke, other neurological, orthopaedic and cardiac patients, with rehabilitation of elderly, medically frail patients.

A women's health centre would build on the breast care services on the site.

The hospital would cease to admit emergency medical patients whose clinical needs are beyond the agreed safety limits for the hospital or take emergency medical admissions after midnight as soon as practical.

But rapid access chest pain clinics could be developed in Llandudno and further specialist advice will be sought with regard to the minor injuries unit.

A redesigned and upgraded Endoscopy Unit at Llandudno would become the elective centre for the catchment area for a widened range of diagnostic procedures.

The existing manometry service at the hospital would be developed and formally recognised as a sub regional service.


Plaid AM Gareth Jones Llandudno hospital will see major investment after a report into its future recommended an extensive revamp of the services is provides for the public
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2009
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