Major construction work is underway at a new $172.7m hospital in Wales, UK.

The Assembly Government-funded hospital Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr will be equipped with 225 beds and a new MRI scanner.

It will offer routine day case and in-patient operations including general surgery, gynaecology and urology.

The hospital will feature a diagnostic and treatment centre and a non-critical local emergency care centre to help reduce pressure on neighbouring accident and emergency departments, the government said.

It will also include a midwifery-led maternity unit, an integrated care centre providing intensive rehabilitation, and an adult and older people’s mental health unit.

The new hospital, expected to be complete by 2011, will have all single en-suite rooms to provide patient privacy as well as to prevent the spread of infections, government officials said.