A NEW facility expanding cardiac services in North Wales will open next month.
Work on the new Cardiac Catheter Lab at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has now been completed and staff at the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board are now commissioning the facility to ensure all rooms and equipment are ready for its scheduled opening during the first week of August.
Dr Olwen Williams chief of staff for medicine at Betsi Cadwaladr, said: “We are really pleased to finally have this new addition to the hospital site which will provide North Wales with yet another centre of excellence. This will make a big difference to the current care we provide for our cardiac patients.
“It will increase our capacity to carry out vital treatment for patients who need help quickly following a heart attack.”
Patients will now receive the benefit of extra treatment rooms alongside the new Catheter Laboratory, which is situated on the former courtyard next to the current lab.
This will provide people needing treatment somewhere closer to receive it, as patients who need angiography and angioplasty procedures can have them at the new facility, rather than travelling further afield to Chester and Liverpool.
A grant of £550,000 has also been set aside to support and maintain the new facility, which has been provided by the trustees of the Livesey Trust.
The new building is part of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s new state of the art accident and emergency facility, which opened on June 5 as part of the Welsh Government’s £90 million investment for the on-going redevelopment of the hospital.
The new larger facility means that the GP out-of-hours service, emergency department, acute medicine unit and surgical assessment unit can all come together under one roof.
There is also a separate minors and major illness/injury area, a new paediatrics area, new clinical decision unit, new resus room and separate ambulance entrance and storage for crews.
The redesigned space will also improve the flow of patients through the emergency department.