Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced nearly £6 million (£5.969m) of capital funding for a new diagnostic hub at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.

The funding covers the building costs for the installation of a replacement CT scanner, as well as the equipment and building costs to install a second CT and MRI scanners at the hospital. The new hub will help ensure that diagnostic waiting times targets can be achieved within Cwm Taf and improved across South Wales. It will also improve resilience in relation to the availability of scanners across the region CT and MRI scans are used to produce detailed images of inside the body. CT scans are used to diagnose conditions including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, strokes and cancer. They also help to determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before having radiotherapy.

Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd said:

“This is a very significant announcement, both in terms of the financial investment and the status it will give the Royal Glamorgan Hospital as a centre of excellence for diagnostics in Wales.  This announcement follows on from the tremendous improvements in ambulance response times and demonstrates the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to continually improving our health services.”