New £1.9m minor injuries unit for Llandudno Hospital
A new £1.9m minor injuries unit will open at a north Wales hospital, it has been announced.
The Welsh government has promised the unit will provide more space for patients and staff, with better facilities and improved access for patients and the public.
The current minor injuries unit in Llandudno is one of the busiest in Wales, treating 17,000 patients a year.
Building work will start in January and is expect to take a year.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the service was vital.
"The new refurbished unit will not only provide a better experience for patients and staff, but it will also allow more patients to be treated there which in turn will reduce demand on the emergency departments of Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
"The unit will improve services for local people, and the large number visitors who come to the area, and it will have a positive impact on the health service as a whole in north Wales."
The existing unit was built in 1999 and was originally intended as an outpatient area.
Work on the new unit is expected to be finished by January 2015.
Dr Peter Higson, chairman of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: "We are delighted that funding for upgrading the minor injuries unit at Llandudno Hospital has been confirmed.
"This is the next stage in the development of the hospital which is a key hub for health services in north Wales."