The Grange University Hospital

It is a brand new hospital with 471-inpatient beds (around 560 including trolley spaces and cots) located near Cwmbran for people across Gwent that need highly specialised services or critical care. It was formally known as Specialist Critical Care Centre. Work has now started onsite and the hospital will be completed in spring 2021. 


The Grange will contain all the Critical Care services in one place, which will include a 24-hour assessment unit for major emergencies, resuscitation and intensive care. 


It will be the main hospital in Gwent for people that have suffered a heart attack, a stroke, a major accident, require major surgery or other highly specialised care.  


There will be no outpatient clinics at The Grange, therefore patients will generally only be admitted to the hospital in one of two ways:  


  • Following an emergency by ambulance e.g. suspected heart attack, stroke, or serious accident.  
  • Having been referred by their GP for a specialist service provided at The Grange e.g. major surgery, high risk birth or paediatric inpatient services.  


Critical Care services that are currently at the Royal Gwent Hospital and Nevill Hall Hospital will move to The Grange. 

It is not a PFI scheme. It will cost circa £358 million (plus inflation) of public funding from Welsh Government. 

  • Major Emergency Treatment and Assessment Unit  


  • Critical Care Beds  


  • Acute Cardiac beds including Cardiac Catheter Laboratories  


  • Inpatient services for complex and major conditions  


  • Major elective (planned) surgery, for example colorectal surgery and major head and neck surgery 


  • Emergency General Surgery  


  • Acute Medicine  

This group of patients would include anyone identified by Welsh Ambulance Trust, The General Practitioner and/or pre-hospital assessment as potentially requiring the services provided at The Grange University Hospital. This could be due to their past medical history, the complexity of their current conditions or their presenting symptoms.  


  • Trauma and elective Orthopaedic patients with co-morbidities   Those who are likely to require intensive care post operatively   


  • Haematology inpatients 


  • Vascular Surgery  

Dependent on the future location of a potential centralised SE Wales  Vascular Service  


  • Obstetrics-led births  


  • Consultant-led Maternity inpatients and Emergency Gynaecology  


  • Emergency endoscopy for patients that are actively bleeding 


  • Inpatient Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency Assessment  


  • Neonatal Intensive Care and Special Care Baby Unit 


  • Diagnostics/Investigations including Radiology, CT, MRI, Interventional Radiology, Ultrasound to support the clinical services 
  • Emergency cases requiring resuscitation 
  • Heart attack  
  • Stroke 
  • Major surgery 
  • Intensive Care  
  • Emergency surgery & trauma 
  • Children’s inpatient services and surgery 
  • Neonatal Intensive Care for babies  
  • Emergency endoscopies 
  • Obstetric inpatient treatment & high-risk births 
  • Emergency assessments 

Most staff will transfer from services that currently provide Critical Care in the Royal Gwent Hospital and Nevill Hall Hospital. We are already receiving a high volume of interest from health professionals across the UK that wish to work in a centre providing a high standard of Critical Care (Centre of Excellence). There will also be new roles developed within the centre.   

The contractor for the hospital is Laing O’Rourke, and they are making every effort to recruit locally. Obviously there are a huge range of skills employed on the site, and for some specialist work, they may need to go out of the area to recruit people with those skills.

Yes, there are 15 wards, with some specifically for Critical Care, Cardiology and Paediatrics. The wards mainly comprise 32 beds, with 24 single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 2x4 bedded bays. 

Patients from South Powys that require the services provided at The Grange might also be taken there. If a visitor to the area were suddenly taken ill, they could be treated initially at The Grange, and then moved closer to their home for recovery and rehabilitation. 

We are working closely with Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, who would provide patient transport between our hospitals. The Gwent-wide travel plan will also consider other non-emergency transport between all our hospitals and local transport networks.    

The University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, from very serious conditions to minor conditions for the population it serves.   

It is also a regional centre for Specialist Services (for all of South Wales) for such illnesses as brain injuries, major heart surgery and organ transplants.  

The Grange is a dedicated centre for Critical Care and Specialist Services for Gwent and South Powys.    

There will be no routine outpatient appointments at The Grange. Routine planned operations (for conditions that are not critical), outpatient services, rehabilitation and general diagnostics will continue to be provided at our existing range of hospitals. 

Yes, public Wi-Fi services will be available at The Grange.

The Torfaen LDP (Local Development Plan) continues to reserve the land to the right of the hospital main drive for housing, but there are no plans to build houses at this time. However Grange House (the old house on the right hand side of the site) is a listed building and will continue to provide office accommodation for the Health Board.