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Temporary Opening of The Grange University Hospital In Response to Coronavirus

Saturday 21st March 2020

The challenges facing our Health Board and the NHS in Wales due to Coronavirus COVID-19 is unprecedented. With the support of Welsh Government and Laing O’Rourke, we are pleased to announce that plans are being put in place to enable the partial and temporary opening of The Grange University Hospital, as part of our planned response. We are hoping that this will provide us with up to an additional 350 beds by the end of April 2020. Work is now underway to commission areas of the hospital to meet the end of April deadline.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We are doing everything possible in Wales to increase the capacity of our NHS in these exceptional circumstances. As such, I have approved immediate funding of up to £10m to speed up construction of sections of the Grange, which will provide up to 350 additional beds for use by the end of April 2020”.

Health Board Deputy Chief Executive, Glyn Jones said “We welcome the support from Welsh Government and Laing O’Rourke in enabling us to make earlier use of the new hospital, which will be an important part of our local plans in responding to the Coronavirus outbreak”.