The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths, has announced funding to build a centre replacing the current unit in Prince Charles Hospital.
The cost will be determined after the contract has been awarded, with a projected investment worth approximately £3m.
There are around 10,000 people with renal disease in Wales and many more at risk. It affects the daily lives of the patients, their family and friends.
The proposed new development will provide the opportunity to increase dialysis capacity in Merthyr Tydfil by an additional 17 stations, giving a total of 30. These will be commissioned in stages as clinical demand dictates.
The new unit is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013, and will offer welcome relief to patients using the unit at Prince Charles Hospital, which has been experiencing maintenance problems with the fabric of the current building, air conditioning and water supply.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths said:
“Ensuring people have access to renal dialysis is why we have invested in the service in Wales.
“Together for Health, our five-year plan for the NHS in Wales, emphasises our key policy of delivering safe, high-quality services as locally as possible close to people’s homes to reduce the burden of travel.
“This centre will be a great example of the Welsh Government’s commitment to improving services in Wales to make them safe and sustainable for now and into the future, even at a time of such perceived uncertainty.
“We will continue to modernise facilities and increase capacity for dialysis in a number of suitable sites across Wales as part of a programme of development in renal dialysis care.”
Allison Williams, chief executive of Cwm Taf Health Board, said:
“This new dialysis unit will make a real difference to the care we are able to offer patients while they are undergoing dialysis. When the new unit is opened, patients will undergo dialysis in a state-of-the-art centre and in a much-improve environment.
“It will also give us room to expand the service and meet the needs of patients suffering from kidney failure.”
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