Welsh Health Minister, Edwina Hart has announced capital investment worth over £1.95m in new state-of-the-art medical equipment for NHS organisations across Wales.
The investment will go towards the purchase of medical equipment in six of Wales’ Health Boards, including replacement audiology equipment, anaesthetic equipment and patient monitors, dialysis machines and updated ICT equipment.
The Minister also announced investment in the Wales Renal Network, the body that manages kidney services across Wales, which has been awarded over £365,000 for new dialysis machines and ultrasound equipment, including £189,620 for ten vehicles that could be used during adverse weather to be managed by the Welsh Ambulance Service– including four 4×4 vehicles and six people carriers.
The investment includes:
- £385,000 for Cwm Taf Health Board for anaesthetic machines;
- £365,546 for the Welsh Renal Network for dialysis machines, ultra sound, patient hoist, and adverse weather transport;
- £225,000 for the Care Council for Wales for a new IT-based Regulation System;
- £201,000 for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board for replacement medical and surgical equipment to support the delivery of patient care;
- £201,000 for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for anaesthetic equipment;
- £201,000 for Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board for replacement medical and surgical equipment to support the delivery of patient care;
- £201,000 for Hywel Dda Health Board for replacement medical and surgical equipment to support the delivery of patient care;
- £105,000 for Powys Teaching Health Board for audiology equipment for Brecon hospital and a replacement high-definition camera for the orthopaedic team at Llandrindod Wells Hospital.
Mrs Hart said: “This additional capital investment will provide the NHS in Wales with the state-of-the-art equipment and technology it needs to deliver first class healthcare for the people of Wales. We are maintaining our investment in the health service in cash terms over the next three years – despite the impact of the UK Government’s cuts to the Welsh budget.”