Welsh Labour’s Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced funding to improve NHS laundry services across Wales.
Four services will share £1 million of funding this year. The funding will replace ageing equipment, improve working environments and increase the amount of work that laundry teams can do. The investment has been allocated as follows:
- Cwm Taf University Health Board will receive £264,000 to replace tumble dryers, serving two district general hospitals, five community hospitals and the Keir Hardie University Health Park.
- Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will receive £384,000 to buy new ironing equipment for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, where currently 29,000 sheets are ironed each week. The current equipment can iron 700 sheets an hour, but the new, more reliable ironer line will have a capacity of 1,000 sheets per hour.
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board - £250,000 of funding will be used to improve laundry service roofing.
- Aneurin Bevan Health Board will receive £102,000 towards work to replace ageing equipment, part of a larger programme of work that has seen large-scale washing machines replaced.