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Heart unit to cut waiting times

Princess of Wales Hospital sign
The Princess of Wales Hospital at Bridgend was opened in 1985

A new £1.2m heart unit has been opened at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

The 31-bed cardiac care unit is designed to cut waiting times for patients with heart problems.

After seeing a consultant, patients will be reviewed on the same day instead of having to make an appointment at a clinic.

The unit, which treats patients with heart and respiratory problems, has put key services under one roof.

The unit is also designed to speed up the diagnosis of patients.

Health Minister Edwina Hart, who opened the unit, said it helped support assembly government strategies to improve cardiac services in Wales.

"The new facilities at the Princess of Wales Hospital are a great step forward in achieving this improvement," she said.

"It builds on an already well-established cardiac care centre providing further improved services to patients."

The hospital has already undergone improvements to cardiac care, with length of stays on the cardiology ward reduced.

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