Caerphilly Hospital Work Begins

Work is due to start in the next few weeks on a new £133m hospital for Caerphilly, say health officials. An artist’s impression has been unveiled of the new Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, which will be built near Ystrad Mynach.

All 270 beds at the hospital will be in single en-suite rooms, to improving privacy and infection control. It will replace the 85-year-old Caerphilly Miners’ and will include services ranging from surgery, maternity to mental health.

Initial preparation work will begin on site towards the end of the month, while interior designs are finalised.

The unit is expected to open in early 2011.

Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust said the single rooms would help with the control of infection, “protect patients’ privacy and dignity” and allow patients to be admitted 24-hours a day without disrupting others.

Martin Turner, trust chief executive, said: “Rather than us telling people how great the hospital is going to look, we can now show them.

“We have invested much time and resources into making sure that we create a building with modern hospital facilities.”