South West Wales

Morriston Hospital's new entrance opens in £60m development

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Image caption The entrance hall and waiting area

The new main entrance to Morriston Hospital in Swansea has opened its doors as part of a £60m development of the site.

The opening will see the transfer of outpatient services from older sections of the hospital, with a phased moved over the coming weeks.

An estimated 264,000 patients will use the new block each year.

The work is part of a larger £102m redevelopment of the whole site, with new roads, a helipad and car park.

A specialist rehabilitation centre has also opened.

The first unit to move over will be endoscopy, which is due to open by the end of the month.

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Image caption Work was supposed to be finished by last November

The range of services at the new building will include:

  • General outpatients
  • Paediatric outpatients
  • Fracture clinic
  • X-ray to support the general outpatients department
  • Pre-assessment clinics
  • Head and neck services
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Blood tests
  • Lung tests
  • Education centre
  • Endoscopy suites

A number of shops are due to open over the summer at the front of the building.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board chief executive Paul Roberts said: "We always want to improve our services and facilities, and this is a demonstrable example of how that is being achieved.

"It is a very proud moment for everybody."

The board's Disability Reference Group, which gave advice during the design and building phase, was given a tour of the facilities prior to the public opening.

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