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Go-ahead for 91m health projects

An artist's impression of the new Cynon Valley hospital
An artist's impression of how the new Cynon Valley hospital will look

Final approval has been given for a new 66m Cynon Valley hospital and 25m on two mental health units in Wrexham.

The 128-bed development at Mountain Ash will include dental facilities to treat up to 10,000 NHS patients.

At total of 12m of improvements to the North Wales Cancer Centre have passed stage two of a three-stage funding approval process.

Health Minister Edwina Hart said the Mountain Ash community hospital would improve access to healthcare services.

"It will have access to diagnostic tests, maternity services and minor injuries unit, reducing the need for people to travel for treatment," she said.

The hospital will replace Mountain Ash and Aberdare community hospitals and is expected to open in May 2011.

It will be backed by new primary care centres in Mountain Ash and Aberdare.

Proposals for a replacement hospital were first announced three years ago.

The old Mountain Ash community hospital is more than 80 years old, while Aberdare's opened during World War I and was rebuilt following a fire in the 1920s.

Work on the 44-bed adult and 28-bed elderly mental health units in Wrexham is expected to begin soon, and they are due to open by spring 2010.

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