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£2.7m to improve emergency departments and minor injury units across Wales

£2.7m i wella adrannau argyfwng ac unedau mân anafiadau ledled Cymru

Emergency Departments and Minor Injury Units in Wales to get share of £2.7m to enhance environments for better patient and staff experience – the Welsh Government has announced

The split funding will support different proposals submitted by every health board in Wales for wide ranging matters such as,

  • improved accessibility,
  • better access to information,
  • infection prevention and control measures,
  • enhanced safety and security,
  • adaptations to better utilise space,
  • and general estate improvements.

This investment will see the creation of waiting areas and an increased number of assessment and treatment cubicles - helping to boost Emergency Department and Minor Injury Unit capacity by providing more space and reducing overcrowding – enabling patients to receive timely care.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan said:

“We received such positive feedback from both staff and patients following our investments and upgrades for Emergency Departments and Minor Injury units last year.

We want to continue this to support improving patient and staff care.

Our £2.7 million investment should enhance both patients’ and staff experience in waiting rooms, and when accessing or providing care and treatment throughout the departments.

Our Emergency Departments are always open and ready to support those who have life-threatening and emergency conditions.

But we can all play a role in helping to reduce some pressure on our emergency services, by considering whether we need to go to an Emergency Department, or whether other options, like using the dedicated Minor Injury Units or free NHS 111 Wales service and community pharmacists, might provide quicker treatment options for us.”

Notes to editors



Funding (inc VAT) £m

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board


Hywel Dda University Health Board


Powys Teaching Health Board


Swansea Bay University Health Board





Some of the projects for improvements in Emergency Departments (ED) and Minor Injury Units (MIU) that have been approved for funding include:

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

  • Grange University Hospital: reconstructions for additional seating, mobile charging banks, new triage room, an infection control area, patient trolleys for maternity triage and emergency gynae assessment units
  • Royal Gwent Hospital: creation of acute medical units, a children’s waiting area, notice boards in waiting rooms and TV screens.
  • Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr: patient trolleys for MIU, additional seating, rooms for storage supplies

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

  • Ysbyty Bryn Beryl MIU: utilisation of space to enhance services to enable more MIU attendances.
  • Ysbyty Gwynedd: upgrades to pharmacy emergency medicines storage and extension of the emergency call bell alarm system
  • Ysbyty Gwynedd Paediatric Assessment Unit: air handling unit and resuscitation area
  • Ysbyty Glan Clwyd: upgraded ambulance entrances, swipe access installation for the ED reception, reconstructions to create a hub to house all screens relating to ED performance, and spaces for mobile charging in the waiting room.
  • MIU – Denbigh/Mold: improvements to treatment rooms and general areas
  • Wrexham Maelor: dividing an urgent treatment centre (UTC) to provide additional clinical space, and a canopy for UTC entrance to prevent it becoming a slip hazard when patients enter.
  • Pan BCUHB: creation of an urgent emergency care hub to support an overarching ability to monitor all 3 EDs and 7 MIUs, to support with redirection and flow – linking in with Wales Ambulance Services NHS Trust to ensure access to all services in real time – reducing the need for extended transport.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

  • University Hospital Wales: creation of a mental health room, refurbishments to corridors between emergency units and lifts, medical gas upgrades, new affray alarms to triage rooms to improve the safety of patient, staff and visitors, dividing screens for individual chair spaces to IV treatment to improve patient dignity and improved signage.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

  • Prince Charles Hospital: shower facilities in ED ambulatory care area, digital screens for patient information system to provide pertinent information to patients in ED minors waiting room, triage room in the main reception.
  • Prince Charles Hospital and Royal Glamorgan Hospital: A&E intercom and CCTV, nurse call system in ED treatment bays
  • Princess of Wales: external lighting to improve patient and staff safety and security when entering and exiting the ED out of hours.
  • Royal Glamorgan Hospital: artwork to improve the environment for children and young persons in the ED.
  • Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda MIU: additional capacity waiting area with comfortable seating.
  • Prince Charles Hospital, Princess of Wales, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon and Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda: out of hours hot food and drinks provision for ED and MIU, and digital signage to show what service is on offer and where to find it, improved Wi-Fi and charging facilities.

Hywel Dda University Health Board

  • Bronglais General Hospital: redecoration of patient wating and staff base, replacement of aging uninterruptable power supply backup system
  • Glangwili General Hospital: additional electrical sockets for clinical equipment and replacement stock room
  • Prince Phillip Hospital MIU/AMAU: restoring wet rooms to enable patients awaiting medical beds access to a shower.
  • Withybush General Hospital: food and beverage trolleys
  • All sites: visualite sensory and well-being feature ceiling lighting to provide a calming environment, particularly for children with sensory issues or learning disabilities.

Powys Teaching Health Board:

  • Brecon War Memorial Hospital: new flooring and furniture, improved CCT and secutiry, and patient information screen
  • Ystradgynlais Community Hospital: MIU treatment room refurbishments

Swansea Bay University Health Board:

  • Morriston Hospital ED: examination couches to improve ergonomics and efficiency within the bay area and shelving.
  • Morriston Hospital Children’s ED: reconstructions to provide adolescent safe space and reconfigurations of bays to improve efficiency and flow.
  • Morriston Hospital Paediatric Assessment Unit: widening assessment room to facilitate movement of a patient on a bed in an emergency if a patient deteriorates.
  • Neath Port Talbot Hospital MIU: reconfigurations of rooms to accommodate 2 new consultants and specialist equipment to facilitate radiographers working from home.