Here is a letter from Paul Hollard, Director of Planning/Deputy Chief Executive, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Dear Colleagues

Cardiff and Vale UHB Remodelling of the Emergency Unit (EU) at University Hospital of Wales (UHW)
The UHB is about to embark on a project to remodel the EU at UHW (Heath Hospital) which will increase the size and redesign the layout of the department.

The scheme, which will be carried out over the next twelve months, will increase the number of resuscitation bays, create a Rapid Assessment and Treatment Unit (RATU) and provide an improved slightly larger patient assessment area. When completed it will significantly improve our ability to ‘manage’ emergency patients more efficiently and minimise risk.

During the phased implementation the UHB will continue to work with partners to ensure sustained operational delivery of safe services throughout the construction phases for the treatment of patients requiring emergency care, and those who are critically ill or injured. Patients who haven’t arrived by ambulance will continue to be assessed and prioritised by nursing staff as normal.

The construction activity is due to commence on Monday 18th March, and will impact both internally and to the area outside the unit.

We are asking for the continued cooperation of partners in health and social care in reinforcing to patients the importance of choosing the most appropriate service for their needs, and also ensuring that if they do need to come to the EU, that the area outside is kept clear for use by emergency vehicles only.

Yours sincerely

Paul Hollard