Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit

Macmillan Cancer Support and Cwm Taf University Health Board are working together to build a state-of-the-art £7m palliative care unit near Llantrisant.

Macmillan Cancer Support and Cwm Taf University Health Board are working together to build a state-of-the-art £7m palliative care unit near Llantrisant.

Macmillan is donating £5m to build the Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit with the additional £2m contributed by Welsh Government through the All Wales Capital Programme.

The unit is Macmillan’s biggest investment and build in Wales so we need your help today.

Based at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, the eight-bed unit will provide inpatient, outpatient and specialist day palliative care and support for people with incurable cancer and other conditions.

It is being designed by architects who specialise in palliative care builds and will give a comfortable and welcoming environment to people being cared for there and their loved ones.

At the moment, palliative care for people with cancer and other conditions in Rhondda and Taff Ely is provided at Y Bwthyn Pontypridd Cottage Hospital.

Although the quality of care at Y Bwthyn is known to be excellent, its location means that patients need to be transferred to Royal Glamorgan Hospital to access specialist tests and treatments, which can be difficult and distressing.

Similarly, some patients who go to Royal Glamorgan Hospital may benefit from being in a palliative care environment, but are too unwell to be transferred to Y Bwthyn.

The new eight-bed unit means that people needing palliative care can be cared for and get the tests and treatments they need in one place.

We hope work on the unit will start in January 2018 and that the centre will open in 2019.

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