A state-of-the-art Macmillan palliative care unit is opening its doors at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital offering a warm, welcoming environment to people who need specialist palliative care.
The £7.25m Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit is opening its doors to offer inpatient, outpatient and day palliative care to people in the Rhondda and Taff Ely area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.
The eight-bed unit has been funded in partnership by Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Garden Scheme, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and the Welsh Government.
Designed by architects who specialise in creating palliative care buildings, it features artwork inspired by bringing the outdoors in as patients and their loved ones told us they wanted this soothing theme.
Each room has doors designed so a patient’s bed can be taken outside onto a screened terrace if they wish to go outdoors.
Richard Pugh, Head of Services (Wales) for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We are thrilled to see the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit opening its doors as Macmillan’s biggest build in Wales thanks to our fantastic supporters.
“Created in partnership with patients and carers, this new unit offers a warm, comfortable and welcoming environment for people receiving palliative care and their loved ones.
“Macmillan is proud to have invested £5m into this unit thanks to donations – with £2.5m from our corporate partners the National Garden Scheme – with the additional funding from the Welsh Government and Cwm Taf Morgannwg.”
Alan Lawrie, director of primary, community and mental health at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “I personally think that the new building is truly amazing and that we, as a health board, are privileged to have been awarded funding to deliver this exciting project which will have huge benefit and provide great care for our patients and their relatives at a time of great need for tender care.”
The unit will care for people living with incurable cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
It is opening to patients less than two years after Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething cut the turf on the site in October 2017.
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