HC Deb 08 December 1986 vol 107 c12
10. Mr. Terlezki

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what facilities are available in south Wales for heart surgery and treatment for young children; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mark Robinson

Limited facilities are available for the assessment and treatment of children at the University Hospital of Wales, and a new paediatric cardiac unit is planned. Funds have already been made available to appoint a paediatric cardiologist.

Mr. Terlezki

Does the Minister agree that it is imperative that work starts on the paediatric unit in Cardiff to alleviate the fear, worry and concern of parents whose children require heart operation after-care? Will he please tell me where the matter starts?

Mr. Robinson

I agree with my hon. Friend. Detailed planning is well advanced. I expect work on the site to start in the autumn of 1987, with completion about the end of the following year.