Wales’ busiest A&E in £4.4m revamp

Wales’ busiest A&E department is fully operational following a £4.4m revamp of facilities.

The emergency department of the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, has unveiled its new facilities following a two-year revamp costing £4.4m.

The hospital is known for having the busiest emergency department in Wales, with around 135,000 patients attending A&E each year. The upgrade work was completed over three stages, with staff continuing to provide emergency care during the construction process.

The new facility was officially unveiled by health minister Mark Drakeford, who said the “newly-designed building is now working with the people who are trying to provide the service, not against them.”

“I’m confident this new unit will help to meet and deliver improved services and care to the public and provide a safer and more practical working environment for staff.”

The improvements were jointly funded by the Welsh government and the local health board and include a new reception and waiting area, six adult resuscitation bays and a paediatric resuscitation bay. There are also ten new assessment trolleys and an enhanced area for ambulances.  

During the official opening event, Drakeford also announced that an additional £123,000 worth of funding would be provided for new medical equipment in the emergency department to support the new facilities.