Healthcare in North Wales will mark a major milestone next week with the opening of a new multi-million-pound Critical Care Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
The state-of-the-art facility is part of a £110m redevelopment of the Bodelwyddan hospital, which staff hope will be the start of a “bright new future” following months of controversial headlines and criticism.
The new unit will bring together intensive care, high dependency and recovery units, which will be interlinked with the operating theatres to create a smoother “flow” for patients and staff throughout the hospital.
Employees, politicians and guests were given a tour around the facility yesterday following a presentation by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board chairman Peter Higson and site medical director Brian Tehan.
The pair praised staff for their hard work and input into the design of the unit, and explained what a positive difference the modern, spacious new areas will make to patients and their families.
Dr Higson said: “This is yet another milestone of the redevelopment of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. The Critical Care Unit here has gone from being one of the smallest in Wales to one of the biggest.”
Mr Tehan, who has been working in critical care at the hospital for two decades, added: “This new unit will enable us to deliver more effective care and puts us very much into the 21st century.
Also taking part in the tour was BCUHB’s new accountable officer Simon Dean, the deputy chief executive of the Welsh NHS who was drafted in by the Welsh Government after the board was placed into special measures last week.
He too believes the Critical Care Unit, along with the rest of the redevelopment, will be an important asset to the board as it looks to restore public confidence.
Mr Dean also hopes the state-of-the-art facility and technology will attract more medical staff to the hospital.
Sister Marie Evans has been working within the intensive care unit at the hospital for more than 20 years, and is looking forward to welcoming patients to the new facility from June 24.
She said: “We’re really looking forward to working in the new unit and being able to care for patients and their families in a bigger, better and more appropriate environment.”
Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones says the new unit will allow the highly skilled and dedicated staff such as Sister Evans to enhance patient care.
She added: “I believe the redevelopment of Glan Clwyd is something we should be proud of and I think it’s also important to recognise that the staff have been working under extreme pressure but have still delivered a fantastic quality of care to patients.”
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