Service Changes for COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the way we are providing Specialist Palliative Care has changed and we have had to close the Day Unit facilities.  

  • All patients have been contacted by the palliative care staff and alternative support mechanisms have been agreed on an individual basis.  
  • All patients have been given, as a minimum, a named person in the team to maintain contact for support, with additional support mechanisms in place for patients who require it. 

 

Inpatient Specialist Palliative Care Unit Visiting Arrangements During COVID-19

Our visiting arrangements are in place to protect our patients, families and staff and are still restricted. Visiting arrangements are discussed prior to any admission.

Please contact the nurse in charge to plan any visit to our inpatient wards. They will advise you of special instructions to follow. Contact details are:

  • Y Bwthyn ward – Royal Glamorgan Hospital (01443 443788)
  • Ward 6 – Ysbyty Cwm Cynon (01443 715006)
  • Y Bwthyn Newydd ward – Princess of Wales Hospital (01656 752003)

What We Do

Palliative care is an approach that focuses on a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs and to prevent and relieve the physical symptoms (such as pain), decreased function, anxiety and stress that often accompany a serious illness. Palliative care also involves helping patients and family members with planning for future needs, coordinating care and working through sometimes difficult discussions.

Across our Health Board, in all settings, we have additionally trained and experienced staff who deliver specialist palliative care. They work with all the other teams to support patients, their families and their carers.

 

Can Anyone Use the Service?

People may be referred to the service by their GP, district nurse, hospital consultant or specialist nurse.

 

What to Expect

The Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) services in Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB consist of three teams covering Rhondda/Taf Ely, Merthyr Tydfil/Cynon and Bridgend/West Vale respectively, and operate as North, South and West Cwm Taf Morgannwg services.

Our service is made up of doctors, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, complementary and diversional therapists. Some of these posts have been developed with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

We often see patients who are still undergoing active treatment for their illness, working alongside the oncologist or heart specialist, for example.

 

Further Advice, Information and Support

Your Specialist Palliative Care team can signpost you to advice and support in your local area.

 

Information for Health Professionals

To refer a patient to one of our teams or to arrange admission to an inpatient ward, please refer to our SharePoint pages or, for urgent queries, contact the respective team secretary on the telephone number below:

 

Opening Times

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

Our Specialist Palliative Care Teams

The Rhondda and Taff Ely – South Team

The Rhondda and Taff Ely team care for patients living in their homes and nursing homes in the South area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB. The team are based in Y Bwthyn, within the grounds of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. They also provide Specialist Palliative Care to inpatients in Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, as well as Royal Glamorgan Hospital and any other community hospitals.

Contact us:

  • Reception/Team Secretary: 01443 443758 (Mon – Fri, 0900 – 1600)
  • For Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and 1600 – 0900 weekdays, please ring District Nursing: 01443 444069
  • Y Bwthyn Inpatient Ward: 01443 443788

Find us: Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, CF72 8XR. We are adjacent to Maternity on the Royal Glamorgan Hospital site. Follow the signs for Maternity; parking is available opposite the unit and within the main hospital car park.

Email: [email protected] (this mailbox is NOT monitored out of hours)

 

The Merthyr and Cynon – North Team

The Merthyr and Cynon team care for patients living in their homes and nursing homes in the North area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB. The team are based in Ysbyty Cwm Cynon – Ynysdawel Ward (Ward 6), and also provide Specialist Palliative Care for inpatients at Prince Charles Hospital and any other community hospitals.

Contact us:

  • Reception/Team Secretary 01443 715154/5155 (Mon – Fri, 0900 – 1700)
  • For Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and 1600 – 0900 weekdays, please ring District Nursing: 01443 444069
  • Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Inpatient Ward 6: 01443 715006

Find us: Ward 6, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, New Road, Mountain Ash, CF45 4BZ. Enter through the main hospital entrance and turn right past the stairs on the ground floor.

Email: [email protected] (this mailbox in NOT monitored out of hours)

 

The Bridgend and West Vale – West Team

The Bridgend and West Vale team care for patients living in their homes and nursing homes in the West area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB. The team are based in Y Bwthyn Newydd SPC Unit within the grounds of Princess of Wales Hospital. They also provide Specialist Palliative Care for inpatients at Princess of Wales Hospital, Maesteg and Glanryhd Hospitals and Ysbyty Seren.

Contact us:

  • Y Bwthyn Newydd Reception: 01656 752003/4 (Mon – Fri, 0900 – 1600)
  • For Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays and 1600 – 0900 weekdays, please ring the Princess of Wales Hospital Switchboard: 01656 752752
  • Y Bwthyn Newydd Inpatient Ward: 01656 752003

Find us: Y Bwthyn Newydd, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1RQ. We are on the Princess of Wales Hospital site, at the far right of the campus; with some parking at the front.

Email: [email protected] (this mailbox is NOT monitored out of hours)