BBC NEWS | Wales | South West Wales | Local dialysis service announced
Kidney patients in west Wales have been told from the end of the year they will no longer have to travel to Carmarthen or Swansea for dialysis.
Interim services will be available at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest until a permanent renal unit opens in three year's time.
Health Minister Edwina Hart said the move would improve patient care.
Currently some patients in west Wales needing dialysis regularly travel over 80 miles to access services.
Ms Hart said: "I am committed to improving access to renal services across Wales.
"Currently, patients have to travel to Carmarthen and Swansea several times a week for dialysis which can be very draining.
"The new interim facilities, which should be in place by the end of the year, will improve the care for patients and reduce the need to travel which will help improve their health and quality of life."