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NHS Wales to receive investment of more than £16m for specialist equipment

Hospitals across Wales will benefit from the funding Credit: PA Images

The Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced NHS Wales is set to receive £16.3m investment this year.

The money will be used to provide new, high-tech diagnostic imaging equipment, such as MRI, CT and cardiac scanning machines.

Hospitals across Wales will benefit from the money, with funding including:

  • A new high tech Gamma camera technology, used to detect radiation, for the University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough
  • The installation of a new MRI scanner at Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • Replacement MRI and mammography rooms for Nevill Hall hospital and the Royal Gwent hospital
  • Replacement MRI scanner and a new cardiac diagnostic X-ray machine for Bronglais and Prince Phillip Hospital
  • Replacement CT scanner for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

Demand for diagnostic services continues to increase, and it's vital that patients can benefit from the best possible equipment. This investment means that hospitals can replace existing scanners with cutting-edge new diagnostic and imaging technology. Replacing old scanners with newer, faster and more reliable technology will help to minimise cancellations and allow more patients to undergo diagnostic tests, reducing waits and improving care.New advances in CT scanning mean that the latest technology is fast enough to 'freeze' the motion of the beating heart. Thanks to this investment, Welsh patients will soon be able to benefit from this.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

As part of next year's draft Budget, a further £15m has been allocated for diagnostic equipment for the next financial year.