Health chiefs will decide this week on whether to approve plans for North Denbighshire’s new community hospital.
The Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board will consider the business plan for the new centre at Rhyl’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, which could be opened within three years.
But a report has revealed the costs of more facilities will be nearly £40 million, up from £22 million when the proposals for a community hospital were first announced in 2013.
Plans for the new hospital include 28 beds, a same day care unit, an outpatient area and rehabilitation for patients.
The report states that the extra services could reduce pressure on nearby Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and other community hospitals in North Wales. It would also restore some of the services lost when Prestatyn’s community hospital was closed in February 2013.
If the health board approves the business case on Thursday, it will be passed onto the Welsh Government to give the final go ahead – it’s hoped work on the site will begin next year.
A series of public consultation events were held in Rhyl, Prestatyn and Kinmel Bay last month – a final drop-in session will be held at Rhuddlan Library on Wednesday.