The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured a £5.3m upgrade for Llandrindod Wells hospital. This funding, established due to the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreeing to allow the Welsh Government’s annual budget to pass, means there would be additional 6,500 out-patient appointments each year, allowing local staff the opportunity to maximise their skills and treat more people closer to home.
Kirsty Williams and Roger Williams, AM and MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, have been campaigning for an upgrade to Llandrindod Wells Hospital for many years to help ease pressure due to high demand for beds.Plans include, moving the recovery room and creating a dedicated new endoscopy suite that would meet all of the latest standards – this would allow the suite and theatre to offer an additional 2,400 day surgery procedures each year. Also for a standalone birthing and midwifery annexe.
Commenting, Kirsty Williams AM said:
“This is great news for the people of mid Wales. I am delighted that this long campaign has finally paid off. This announcement will mean more beds and services available for local people. An additional 2,400 procedures a year means - 2,400 fewer trips for my constituents to take to Hereford hospital or further afield.
“We also hope to bring chemotherapy treatments to the hospital to avoid the large cost associated with the long and frequent trips.”
Roger Williams MP added:
“I am also delighted at this news. The new investment will mean more services, a better environment for patients and staff, improved energy efficiency in the building, a reduction in travel times and it could mean net savings of over £520,000 to the Powys LHB budgets due to not having to commission services from elsewhere.
“This will be a further boost to Llandrindod hospital since the arrival of the new dialysis unit. Kirsty and I will continue to fight for more services in the NHS in Brecon and Radnorshire.”