The state-of-the-art hospital was made possible thanks to £172m investment by the Welsh Government, and goes towards fulfilling the Welsh Government’s commitments set out in ‘Together for Health’, the five-year vision for the NHS.
It houses a wide range of community based services aimed at keeping the people of Caerphilly County Borough in their own communities. Many services previously only available at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital and the University Hospital of Wales are now available under one roof.
Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr replaced the 85 year old Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital, Ystrad Mynach Hospital, Ty Sirhowy Mental Health Unit and smaller community hospitals in the area with the most up-to-date health facilities.
The hospital has no wards, instead it has 269 beds, all in single en suite rooms, providing high quality care, helping to reduce hospital acquired infection rates and giving patients the privacy and dignity they need. The hospital also has a 24-hour local emergency centre, GP out-of-hours service, integrated mental health unit, and provides day surgery, and comprehensive diagnostic, outpatient and therapy services.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:
“I am delighted to officially open Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr. The services available under this one roof are invaluable to the residents in the local area, not least in reducing the time patients used to have to travel to access such services.
“The NHS is part of the fabric of our society, and the innovative way Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr will benefit this community is indicative of the changes needed to protect the NHS in Wales. From having a GP out-of-hours service in the same building as the Minor Injuries Unit, which is available 24 hours a day, and the Emergency Assessment Unit can only make sense.
“The layout of the building must be commended. The standard of care demonstrated here is exemplary and the people of the Rhymney Valley can be justifiably proud of this wonderful hospital.”
David Jenkins, Chair of Aneurin Bevan Health Board added:
“The Health Board is delighted the Minister for Health and Social Services has today officially opened our new hospital, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.
“The hospital opened its doors to patients in November and has very quickly become a key part of our overall approach to deliver high quality hospital and community services to local people.
“In addition to providing hospital care and services, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr also provides a central hub for community services in the County Borough. Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr provides exactly the right modern environment to support high quality patient centred services.
“The Health Board would like to again give our thanks to all the staff who have adapted so well to their new work place and have worked incredibly hard over the winter period. Our staff are already treating more patients than we had predicted and we are sure the hospital will continue to serve local people for many years to come."