South West Wales

£9.5m rehab unit for Swansea's Morriston Hospital

Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre
Image caption The new unit is part of a wider £102m revamp of the Morriston Hospital site

Work is starting on a £9.5m rehabilitation unit including an artificial limb centre in the grounds of Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

The new building is part of an £102m redevelopment of the site.

The funding for the new unit has been approved by Welsh health minister Lesley Griffiths.

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said it would serve patients from across the mid and west Wales area.

'Significant milestone'

It will bring the investment to date at Morriston up to £80m, including a £5.8m expansion of the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department which is already underway.

The health board's director of planning Paul Stauber said: "This is another significant milestone in bringing the health board's plans for the redevelopment of Morriston Hospital to reality.

"Enabling works have already started and 200 tons of steel will start to be delivered to site before the end of the month."

He said it would take around a year to build.

The unit will include a range of consultation, examination and treatment rooms, fitting rooms for artificial limbs, appliances and wheelchairs and manufacturing facilities for artificial limbs and specialist wheelchairs.

There will also be a gym, equipment workshops and administration facilities and storage areas.

It will be only one of three such units with the others in Cardiff and Wrexham.

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