- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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News that health boards and medical projects throughout Wales will benefit from a combined £15million investment boost in new health technology has today received the support of Swansea East AM, Mike Hedges.
The investment, which was announced this month by the Welsh Government, will go towards funding 21 health technology projects throughout Wales to assist in the fields of maternity, cancer, cardiac, mental health, diagnostics and unscheduled care.
Some of the projects due to benefit from this funding include:
- £0.39m for a computerised heart rate analysis of low birth weight babies to prevent deaths and harm at the neonatal unit at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board;
- £0.56m for state of the art radiotherapy planning and high dose rate brachytherapy equipment to deliver the latest cancer treatment methods at Velindre Trust;
- £0.32m for new technologies to promote mental health and wellbeing at Aneurin Bevan Health Board;
- £2.15m for a robotic surgery system for Wales capable of minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Commenting on the investment, Swansea AM Mike Hedges said:
“State of the art medical technology and equipment can play a significant role in improving patient safety and health outcomes.
“It’s pleasing to see that the Welsh Government recognise this and are investing in new technologies in all parts of Wales to support the latest advances in healthcare to give patients the best possible list of treatments available.”
Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, said:
“Investment in innovation is essential if we are to achieve our aim of safe, sustainable and high quality health services for Wales.
“Technology has a major role to play in the future of the NHS and provides the tools needed by dedicated NHS staff. From the perspective of patients, new technology can improve service quality, improve outcomes and reduce the need for care in hospital.”