THE first major hospital to be built in Wales in more than twenty years is now expected to possibly open in November, pending Welsh Government approval. Construction of the buildings started some three years ago.
The £350m Grange University Hospital near Cwmbran, is a 471-bed facility where the majority of patients will be treated in their own rooms. The hospital has 2,612 rooms and provides more than 40 specialist services.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board hopes the state-of-the-art facilities will act as a magnet for new recruits. Over 3,000 staff will be employed at the hospital.
A new feature is the intensive care department which is a collection of individual rooms, separated by glass screens so nurses can monitor two patients at once.
The new hospital will provide emergency and urgent care – bringing together services that were previously provided at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.
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