Welsh Children's Hospital Best In Europe
The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital in Wales has been described as one of the best in Europe.
The second phase of a £60million investment was officially unveiled on Friday.
Around 75,000 children and young people from across Wales are cared for at the facility every year, and now services are under one roof for the first time ever.
- Cardiac/Renal services including renal day unit
- Surgical Ward including ambulatory care
- Children's Theatre Suite (including five operating theatres)
- Children's Critical Care Unit
- Children's Radiology Services with MRI Scanner, fluoroscopy and ultrasound
- Children's Therapy Services including a hydrotherapy pool
Elaine’s daughter Tia is an in-patient at the Noah’s Ark hospital and says it’s comforting for parents to know they can stay with their children through treatment.
“It’s crucial for any parent.
“I don’t even live in Cardiff; I live 50 miles away in Swansea. So to know that you can actually be with your child when they need you the most is brilliant.
“I can’t fault the staff at all; it’s like being with friends and extended family.”
Charlotte Church, who's been a patron of the Noah's Ark charity since she was 14, says she can't believe how far it's come:
“Considering back in 2000 we were the only country in Europe that didn’t have a dedicated children’s hospital, I think it’s something everybody in Wales should be proud of.”