The last patient left Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn, Bridgend on Wednesday, August 26 and staff have now returned to their substantive roles.
The former care home facility was opened in April 2020 to support the safe care of older adults, particularly with cognitive impairment and dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The care home owner generously supported Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to use the premises and the facility was refurbished to provide additional beds to support the Princess of Wales Hospital. It opened as a partnership between Bridgend County Borough Council, the health board and third sector services, such as Age Connect.
Local residents will be aware of the crucial role of Abergarw Manor and of the nursing staff who were transferred to the facility from Glanrhyd Hospital and Princess of Wales Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. A significant number of donations were received from the community for patients and staff.
A wide range of support was also available at Abergarw Manor ranging from GP services, therapists, pharmacy, staff from the local authority and Age Connect.
Ana Llewellyn, nurse director of Bridgend integrated locality said: “We were able to hold a small gathering on Tuesday, August 25 to show our appreciation to all of the people who made the facility such a huge success.
“It is testament to the staff that there was no Covid-19 outbreak during the time it was open. People have received dignified and safe care there and families have given very positive feedback.
“Thank you to everyone who stepped outside of their usual roles and committed to working together to protect and look after vulnerable people.”
Bridgend County Borough Council cabinet member for social services Cllr Phil White said: “We are very grateful to Caron Group for having provided the building free of charge to the local authority and for its property team who helped with the refurbishment.
“In the midst of very difficult circumstances, everyone really pulled together to open and run this much-needed facility. I would like to thank all those involved, including the staff who came from across a range of partnership organisations and who made it such a success to those in the community who supported it with various donations, helping it become a very welcoming place for patients.”