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, The National Garden Scheme (NGS) and Cwm Taf University Health Board are working together to build a state-of-the-art £7m palliative care unit near Llantrisant.

As part of its long-standing support for Macmillan services across the UK, NGS has generously donated £2.5m towards Macmillan’s £5m contribution to build the Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit. The additional £2m will be contributed by Welsh Government through the All Wales Capital Programme. To date, NGS have donated almost £17 million to Macmillan to support people living with cancer, these funds have been raised by NGS opening over 3,800 beautiful, private gardens for charity across the UK.

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.

Work started in November 2017 and we are hoping that the centre will open in 2019.

How we use your donations

We need £5m to pay for Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit. There’s a small chance we’ll raise more than we need for this project. If this happens, or in the very unlikely event that the project does not proceed, then your gift will be used to provide much needed help and support to people affected by cancer in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.

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