The first set of plans for a new state-of-the-art unit to care for very sick and premature babies in North Wales have been approved, the Welsh Labour Government has announced.
The outline business case for the new Sub Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC), which will be based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, has been given the green light by Welsh Labour’s Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford. The Welsh Labour Government has also awarded Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board £500,000 of capital funding to develop the full business case for the SuRNICC, which is due to open by 2018.
The health board has already received more than £1.4m from the Welsh Government to pay for upgrades to electrical infrastructure at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and an extra transport incubator for transferring the most critically-ill babies.
A special project board has been set up to lead the scheme, together with a neonatal design group, which includes clinical leads for neonatal care, infection prevention, parent representatives and a range of neonatal staff to develop plans.