£273m Gwent Care Centre in Cwmbran Exhibition
More detailed images of what Gwent’s proposed Specialist and Critical Care Centre in Cwmbran might look like will be on show this week. Further to a recent exhibition in May and an outline planning application being submitted to Torfaen County Borough Council, a further exhibition is being held in the Main Recreation Hall at Llanfrechfa Grange, on Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th August 2012 between 5pm and 7pm, and Saturday 18th August from 10am to 1pm.
Already several years in the planning, and with development slowed by the economic downturn, the centre still requires planning permission and approval by the Welsh Government through the business case process. But it remains the centrepiece of a long-term programme for modernising health services in Gwent, and Aneurin Bevan Health Board is giving anyone who is interested the opportunity this week to view the proposals and ask questions about them.
Proposed for the site of the former Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital, near Cwmbran, the Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) will enable specialist and emergency care to be separated from more routine hospital services. The project’s delays have pushed back the proposed opening date, which is currently estimated for 2017/18, and the projected cost is £273 million.
The SCCC will have more than 400 beds, including high intensity coronary, critical care and stroke beds, more than 200 adult inpatient beds for complex surgery, with intensive care and high dependency back-up, more than 40 neo-natal cots, a 50-plus bedded maternity unit, and a paediatric unit, again with more than 50 beds.
Members of the Project Team and Health Board staff will be on hand to describe the proposals and answer any questions on a one to one basis. All comments should then be submitted formally to Torfaen County Borough Council.
As this is an ‘outline’ application, further approvals will be required for the details of the design as it develops. There will then be a further chance to comment on those applications in the future, including details of layout, scale, appearance and landscaping. The planning application contains a large amount of information which is available to view online at http://www.planapps.torfaen.gov.uk/Llanfrechfa.