Following the recent announcement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board about plans to upgrade and invest in both inpatient and outpatient facilities at Maesteg Community Hospital.
Huw Irranca-Davies MS stated: "Really good news of investment in Maesteg Hospital, and the positive vision of enhancing community healthcare centred on this well-loved facility, built with the help of contributions from miners' families over a century ago, and sustained by community support over the generations which continues.
It's important that health services remain rooted in our communities, and we’ve been working hard with strong community support to further develop our services at Maesteg Community.
We will keep the investment going, so that the changing healthcare needs of the Llynfi (and Afan) and neighbouring areas is looked after now, and for future generations."
Read the full statement from Cwm Taf UHB below:
"Maesteg Community Hospital investment announced"
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has announced plans to upgrade and invest in both inpatient and outpatient facilities at Maesteg Community Hospital.
Essential maintenance will start on the roof of the inpatient building in coming weeks and will be followed by a significant upgrading of Llynfi ward in the summer.
Due to the demands presented by Covid-19, Llynfi ward was closed late last year with staff and patients being accommodated at the Bridgend based field hospital, Ysbyty’r Seren. This has opened up a unique opportunity for the Health Board to carry out major improvement works at the Maesteg Community Hospital site.
It is proposed that the estimated £1.6m investment into inpatient facilities will ensure that the ward is brought up-to-date with modern standards and bed spacing, in line with latest infection control guidance and creating a much improved and safer environment.
Ysbyty’r Seren will continue to retain dedicated bed spaces for Bridgend patients, who would have been cared for in Maesteg Community Hospital, while the work to Maesteg Hospital is undertaken.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the fantastic outpatient resource available to services within the Maesteg and Bridgend area. So, in addition to the work to the inpatient areas, CTM UHB, will also be investing in expanding the outpatient area of the hospital of the improvement works.
The development will include an increase in size and capacity of the current outpatient facility and will allow more specialist services to provide access to patients in the Llynfi Valley and surrounding area.
The plans for the development of Maesteg Community Hospital will be developed in conjunction with the local community and involve the Maesteg Hospital League of Friends. This will ensure that hospital facilities meet the future needs of the communities in Maesteg and the wider Bridgend area, and we work together towards a longer term development of a health and well being park.
Chair of CTM UHB Marcus Longley commented: “We are committed to investing in, and reshaping our facilities at Maesteg Hospital. The Hospital is a valued asset to everyone in the community, and we want to ensure that it provides a safe and modern environment for the future. We will be engaging with the local community to ensure that the developments in outpatients in particular reflect their needs.”