Monmouthshire County Council has welcomed today’s Welsh Government announcement that plans for a new £350m super hospital serving the Gwent region have received the go-ahead. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) near Cwmbrân is expected to open in 2022.
The new hospital will be built at Llanfrechfa Grange on the outskirts of Cwmbrân and its construction is part of a plan to modernise health services run by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board. When built, the new hospital will treat patients who need complex and acute emergency care in the Gwent region.
Councillor Geoff Burrows, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Social Care, Safeguarding & Health said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with today’s news. We have anticipated this announcement for a very long time indeed. The certainty that the brand new purpose-built Specialist and Critical Care Facility based in S E Wales and on Monmouthshire’s border is to be constructed will allow us to plan our health and social care partnerships effectively.”
Existing acute services at the Royal Gwent and St Woolos hospitals in Newport, and Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital are likely to see changes when the new hospital opens, the Welsh Government said.