Maesteg Hospital is currently undergoing a refurbishment of its facilities to develop the site into a health and wellbeing centre for the local community. This is an exciting opportunity for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to develop and enhance services to improve the care people receive in better facilities.
Located within the Llynfi Valley, the hospital includes a 20 bedded elderly care ward, an outpatient department, and a day hospital which is currently temporarily closed. Other departments include mental health, physiotherapy, health visitors, district nurses and radiology. There is also a GP surgery on site.
In response to the current situation around coronavirus, the hospital is having to adapt and transform its services to provide support to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. These changes include expansion of bed capacity on Llynfi ward.
Future enhancement of services which will avoid unnecessary travel for local residents, includes additional outpatient clinics, a sociable space to support voluntary organisations, and utilisation of space for services to be provided locally. There will be closer working with the GP surgery, based on the hospital site, looking at how existing diagnostic provision can be expanded. Moreover, there are plans to introduce a community café, reducing social isolation and looking at ways to support people of all ages to keep themselves healthy and active.
Lee Evans, deputy directorate manager, said: “This is an exciting time for Maesteg Community Hospital and the wider community to enhance existing facilities by developing a focal point for health and wellbeing. Which in turn, pays homage to a historic and greatly cherished facility within the Llynfi Valley.”