MORE than £2 million is being invested in new and existing services at Neath Port Talbot Hospital – including a highly specialist IVF unit to provide fertility treatment to women.
One of only two such NHS centres in South Wales -the other is in Cardiff – it will be treat patients from across South and Mid Wales. Construction of the new unit is expected to be completed towards the end of the year, with the new service starting up early in 2013.
More patients needing breast surgery will also be treated at the hospital, including an increasing number of Swansea women, as well as patients from Port Talbot and Neath.
The service will provide surgery to most breast cancer patients, and those with benign conditions, and will support the breast reconstructive service at Morriston Hospital, which will help to cut waiting times.
Meanwhile, a major expansion of the urology service at Neath Port Talbot is due to take place before Christmas. A state-of-the-art day case diagnostic investigation unit will deal with patients from Port Talbot, Neath, Swansea and Bridgend. It will also be able to diagnose and treat prostate problems, and conditions like recurring bladder infections.
It is expected to treat more than 4,000 patients a year.
The orthopaedic service will be switching focus to become a centre of excellence for shoulder, feet and ankle joint surgery.
Paul Stauber, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Trust’s director of planning, said: “The investments being made in new or bigger services at the hospital demonstrate our commitment to its future.
“We want to expand the key role it plays in delivering healthcare alongside our other hospitals.
“These new Neath Port Talbot Hospital services will treat patients from across the health board area – and in some cases even beyond that.”