Work is needed to ensure the hospital meets the latest fire and health and safety standards, including the removal of asbestos commonly used in the 1970s to provide fire protection.
The refurbishment will also allow for the redesign and relocation of a number of services and departments, allowing the hospital to improve the quality of care. Plans include the expansion of the existing GP out of hours area, and the relocation of the critical care area so that it is next to operating theatres.
Lesley Griffiths said:
“I am pleased to be able to allow the LHB to proceed with the detailed planning of the
refurbishment of Prince Charles Hospital. The scheme will improve the working environment for staff and provide better services for patients.
“This is a significant planned investment. The Welsh Government is committed to continued investment in the health service, and today’s announcement shows how we can do that despite the impact of cuts to the Welsh budget. I look forward to seeing the work progress.”
Dr Chris Jones, Chairman of Cwm Taf Health Board said:
"This is such wonderful news. It is as clear a statement as can possibly be made of commitment to the importance of Prince Charles Hospital to the communities within and around Cwm Taf. Quite rightly, the facilities need to be 21st Century and this investment, on top of the £85m over the last three years will enable us to provide excellent services going forward.”
Indicative planned funding for the scheme totals £107.812m between 2011-12 and 2018-19.