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Multi-million pound plans to create a new community hospital for north Denbighshire could be expanded to include a minor injuries unit.
The Betsi Cadwaladr health board has earmarked Rhyl’s Royal Alexandra Hospital for the £22 million project – developers will present their proposals to Denbighshire councillors tomorrow.
The board says it is considering whether to include a MIU alongside beds for inpatients and those with mental health problems, X-ray and therapy services and outpatient clinics.
Plans for a community hub were first approved by health minister Mark Drakeford in December 2013, and earmarked for opening this year. But a spokesman said: ”The nature of the current hospital building, and its listed status, present additional complexities that need to be accounted for in the design process. We are exploring a range of design options for the site, working with architects and clinical colleagues. Once this work is complete we will finalise the business case for submission to Welsh Government for approval to proceed.”
The new facility will also restore some of the services lost when Prestatyn’s community centre was closed in February 2013. Chatsworth House was demolished last September to make way for a housing development.