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Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced how the £15m Welsh Government fund to improve critical care will be allocated.

First published:
2 July 2019
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Last year, Mr Gething announced the funding to improve critical care and the expert group set up to advise on how it should be allocated has published its findings.

The money will be allocated as follows:

  • £1.7m - Establishment of a national transfer service for critically ill adults. This will improve patient safety and make better use of limited critical care and emergency ambulance resources
  • £0.83m - Development of a Long Term Ventilation Unit at University Hospital Llandough
  • £4.5m for Cardiff and Vale Health Board to provide six additional critical care beds
  • £2.625m for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board for development of post-anaesthesia care units and outreach services and one additional critical care bed at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
  • £0.020m for HEIW to enable the development of a critical care workforce plan
  • £0.13m for Powys Health Board to improve the management of deteriorating patients.
  • £1.642m for Aneurin Bevan to develop critical care capacity and workforce
  • £1.38m for Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board to further develop critical care outreach services and post-anaesthesia care units
  • £1.041m for Hywel Dda health bard to develop a critical care outreach service in the health board area
  • £1.112m for Swansea Bay health board to create a post-anaesthesia care unit and further develop critical care outreach services at Morriston Hospital

Mr Gething said:

As set out in A Healthier Wales, hospital based services such as critical care remain an essential and visible part of our future health and care system. We need to speed up the pace of changes within critical care and look at how we deliver services across Wales, to ensure we have the right services in the right place for those who are critically ill. This funding will help us achieve that. 

As well as providing additional critical care beds, the funding will deliver improvements in related services such as post-anaesthesia care units, long term ventilation and critical care outreach teams. It will also help address existing workforce issues to meet both the current and expanding capacity.