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Turf cut on new Education Centre

27 Hydref 2008


Groundworks have begun for a new Education Centre for undergraduate and postgraduate students at University Hospital Llandough.

Professor Ken Woodhouse, Cardiff University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Honorary Consultant Physician at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, carried out the turf cutting ceremony which formally marked the start of work.

The new Education Centre will support medical undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training at Llandough. It will also provide Dental postgraduate training, Cardiff University Library Services and a new Clinical Skills Laboratory. The work is beginning as Cardiff University celebrates 125 years of its Royal Charter, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust celebrates 75 years of Llandough, and the NHS celebrates 60 years since its foundation.

Last Friday, as Cardiff University marked its own exact anniversary with a Founders’ Day celebration, University Hospital Llandough was also holding a commemorative ceremony. The Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Dr Peter Beck, unveiled a specially commissioned painting of the hospital by the artist Matthew Salisbury. A timeline of landmarks in the hospital’s history was displayed down the main corridor and into the dining room.

At the turf-cutting, Professor Woodhouse said: "The foundation of the Education Centre is an ideal way to mark the combined anniversaries of 60 years of the NHS, 125 years of Cardiff University and 75 years of University Hospital Llandough. Llandough has a long tradition of professional training and the new Centre will prove to be a valuable resource for the future."

Dr John Green, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer said: "The University Hospital Llandough receives a large number of undergraduate medical students on clinical placement, throughout the five year medical course from Cardiff University. This integrated Education Centre will enable us to enhance the support provided to students and provide educational transition to postgraduate education."

Dr Victor Sim, Consultant Physician and Postgraduate Organiser at Llandough said: "Postgraduate Education and Training are highly esteemed by the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and the integrated Education Centre with the state of art facilities will put the University Hospital Llandough on the map of educational excellence in Wales."

The fully refurbished ground floor of the existing academic building and purpose-built two storey extension will replace the current Postgraduate Medical Education Centres and Health Care Libraries on both Llandough and Whitchurch Hospital sites.

Its features will include:

  • Large Lecture Theatre for up to 150 people with first class audiovisual equipment.
  • Designated Clinical Skills Laboratory for Medical and Dental Education
  • Dental Seminar Room which seats up to 30 people
  • Undergraduate Centre with office accommodation, Seminar Room seating up to 30 and Common Room.
  • Meeting Room for up to 20 people
  • Seminar Room which holds up to 30 people
  • Library with 24 hr access for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust Staff, Cardiff University Staff and Students
  • Multi Disciplinary Team Seminar Room with Video Conferencing Material
  • IT Training Suites

Read more about the University’s investment in postgraduate medical and dental education here.