Plaid Cymru Arfon AM Siân Gwenllian has welcomed the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Emergency Department and the upgrade of other facilities at the hospital.

Speaking following a tour of the recently upgraded Emergency Department, Glaslyn Ward and Endoscopy Unit with newly-appointed Chairman of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Mark Polin, Siân Gwenllian AM said it was great to see substantial and innovative investment in frontline services and increased capacity to treat patients.

She has now urged health bosses to commit to safeguarding the status of the hospital and invest to secure its future as a centre of medical excellence in north west Wales.

Siân Gwenllian AM said: “I was delighted to be given a tour of the new facilities at Ysbyty Gwynedd including the new endoscopy and colonoscopy facilities, improvements to emergency and urgent care services and much-needed investment in dementia care.

“This substantial investment will lead to greater capacity, targeted services for patients and more privacy and dignity for patients and their families.

“The A&E department in particular has been struggling for too-long with increased workloads all year round. To say that this scheme was over-due is an understatement.

“I’m very pleased to welcome these much-needed new facilities, particularly the inclusion of a separate children’s area in the A&E department, something which I campaigned on. This will be transforming for patients and their families.

“It will mean that patients, many of whom live in my constituency, will be able to receive a more integrated service. It’s particularly welcome when services are struggling to keep-up with the ever-increasing demand.

“I was grateful of the opportunity to discuss these improvements with the new Chair of BCUHB and other leading clinical staff and impress upon them the need to retain Ysbyty Gwynedd’s status as a local district hospital, providing core services to patients living in north-west Wales.

“Whilst this much-needed investment in frontline care is to be welcomed, we must ensure that core services at our local hospital are retained for the benefit of patients in the north-west corner of Wales.

“Nothing matters more to people than their own health and I will continue to defend the rights of my constituents to access health services in their communities whilst championing the exceptionally hard working and caring staff in our local NHS.”

Photos: Siân Gwenllian AM having a tour of the new facilities at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.