North East Wales

New Glan Clwyd hospital stroke facilities open

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
Image caption Ysbyty Glan Clwyd was built at Bodelwyddan during the 1970s

New facilities for stroke patients has been opened at Denbighshire's Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital.

Health officials have centralised rehabilitation facilities from nearby HM Stanley Hospital, St Asaph, with the stroke ward at Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan.

They say research shows "combined acute and rehabilitation unit is the best way to provide stroke services".

The unit has been revamped and extended to accommodate 30 beds, says Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

A major redevelopment of Glan Clwyd is under way and is expected to cost £100m, including improvements to facilities and services in accident and emergency and critical care.

Patients are being treated in two mobile operating theatres - housed on a car park - while work is to upgrade existing facilities is completed.

The health board announced plans to move some of it facilities out of HM Stanley Hospital in 2010, saying it is "no longer fit for purpose".

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