The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths, has announced the funding to enable the existing elderly medicine facility to be re-located from Hill House, a community hospital in central Swansea, to Ward 4 at Singleton Hospital.
Two physically separate wards at Hill House cater for rehabilitation and ongoing recovery of older people with chest and/or heart or stroke problems.
The new facilities in Ward 4 will see improvements in privacy and dignity for male and female patients and provide an appropriate care setting, plus an appropriately equipped and monitored space to observe elderly care patients according to clinical need. It also ensures access to resident medical staff and therefore round the clock care.
The funding will also provide a co-located Children’s Development Centre (CDC), which will be installed in Wards 14 and 15 at Singleton Hospital.
Currently young patients have to travel to seven locations across Swansea to access services including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and community paediatricians.
The development will improve the existing CDC service, give better support for more co-ordinated multi-disciplinary team services, provide a more accessible service for children and their carers and deliver higher quality health services to patients and their families.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABM) University Health Board Chairman, Win Griffiths said:
“We very much welcome the continued support by the Welsh Government to help us modernise ABM health services and provide patients and staff with a high quality environment.
“These investments will help older patients and also children with disabilities, and we are very pleased to be able to take these developments forward.”
Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths said:
“This funding will make a massive difference to two vulnerable patient groups.
“Improvements made in the elderly patient care facilities will ensure safe, sustainable and quality care on a continuous basis and will enhance the patient experience.
“The Children’s Development Centre will not only improve the efficiency of current CDC services, it will also provide accommodation fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act regulations and an appropriate environment for children’s services. Again, this will improve the patient experience.”