Any visitor to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd may notice that a couple of things have changed since the last time they were, evidenced by the fact that there is now a brand new A&E department on-site. So how will this affect your stay?
Rather than going in through the old entrance, all visitors are asked to travel through the car park. Once you reach the roundabout in the car park, make sure to take a right and you will come across the new emergency department and GP Out of Hours. If you are trying to reach the old GP Out of Hours Centre, it has now been consolidated into the one building along with the emergency department.
It is seen as an effort to “to work with hospital staff rather than against them” in the words of Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Government’s health minister. Congestion and delays at Glan Clwyd have been unwelcome headlines for the hospital so this further step in its £89.9m redevelopment can only be seen as a positive one.
The new centre will be hiring more staff, adding new equipment and working to improve the amount of patients it is able to assist gradually with more places available to those who need it. Considering that admissions to the hospital have more than doubled over the past three decades, any renovation and extension to the beleaguered hospital is welcome with the doors opening on the 5th of June for the A&E.
“With the conditions they were working in previously, you could see why it was hard to turn all that around in the timely way we would like to,” said Mr. Drakeford.
“To be able to get people out of ambulances and into the department, and get the ambulances back on the road, should be one of the big gains of this investment.
“What we need to get people out of ambulances is for the system to be flowing. In the old building, that was harder to achieve.”
The new A&E is only one of many steps that administration are taking to improve Glan Clwyd with the renovation of the wards, a new critical care unit and a new cardiac catheter laboratory which is all expected to be completed before the end of this year.
Positive steps taken by the hospital’s management are a far cry from the image of a Glan Clwyd in crisis so let’s hope these are signs of recovery for better things to come.