Following the announcement of the funding from Health Minister Lesley Griffiths in December 2011, Phase Two of the Children’s Hospital for Wales is underway.

Wednesday 7th March was a cause for celebration as the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity Chairman, Lyn Jones helped to clear the site for Phase Two. After more than a decade of work the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity was thrilled to be a part of the beginning of the Phase Two development, which will bring a bigger, better and more efficient Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Lyn Jones said; “We are delighted to see that progress on Phase Two is moving forward, and it is a great honour for me to start the process which will clear the way for our first class Children’s hospital. The fundraising support we have received from the Welsh public over the years has been fantastic, we now need their continued support to see our £7million target met by 2015.”

Cardiff and Vale UHB Deputy Chief Executive, Paul Hollard said: “We’re delighted that the exceptional contribution of the people of Wales to the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity has been recognised in this way. This accolade is a fantastic testament to the very many people who have worked tirelessly to make the Children’s Hospital for Wales a reality.”

Phase Two is expected to reach completion in 2015 with patient occupation by the end of that year. This phase will include state-of-the-art wards, critical care facilities, five new operating theatres, a new outpatient department and dental suite, an assessment unit, a new critical care unit, parents’ accommodation and facilities, education and teaching facilities, and a dedicated radiology department.

The announcement of the Government funding now highlights the need for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising to step up in order to raise the £7m needed to equip the hospital with state-of-the-art equipment by 2015.

The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity relies on the kindness of the public and support is still needed to equip Phase Two with:

  •  An ‘open’ MRI scanner
  • A hydrotherapy pool
  • 2 integrated theatres
  • Equipment for the new paediatric critical care unit
  • An enclosed garden for leisure, therapy, education and rehabilitation

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