Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit

Macmillan Cancer Support and Cwm Taf University Health Board are planning to build a £6.75m specialist care unit near Llantrisant.

The state of the art unit would be based at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and would provide inpatient, outpatient and specialist day centre palliative care and support for people with incurable cancer and other conditions.

Currently people needing palliative care in the Rhondda area often receive it at the Y Bwthyn unit at Pontypridd Cottage Hospital.

Although the quality of care at Y Bwthyn is known to be excellent, its location means that patients need to travel by ambulance to the Royal Glamorgan – a journey of around 20 minutes - to access specialist tests and treatments. This can be difficult and distressing.

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

The new eight-bed unit we are planning mean that people needing palliative care can be cared for and access tests and specialist treatment in one place.

It will be designed by experts to be a comfortable, sensitive and welcoming environment for patients and their loved ones.

If our plans are approved, Macmillan will fund £5m towards the unit.

Work would be expected to start in late 2017 and we hope with the centre will open in 2019.