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New Macmillan Unit

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Story from 24th July 2017

Plans by Macmillan Cancer Support and Cwm Taf University Health Board to develop a £6.75m specialist care unit near Llantrisant have been approved.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has approved the charity and health board’s plans to build a specialist palliative care unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Macmillan plans to donate £5m to develop the state of the art unit – its biggest single investment in Wales – with Cwm Taf contributing the further £1.75m subject to approval of a business case by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport.

The specialist eight-bed unit will provide inpatient, outpatient and day palliative care and support for people with incurable cancer and other conditions.

Designed by architects who specialise in palliative care, it will be a warm, comfortable and welcoming environment for people receiving treatment there and their loved ones.

The unit will feature communal spaces for patients and loved ones and each room will have a private screened terrace meaning patients can go outside if they wish to.

Palliative care for cancer patients in Rhondda and Taff Ely is currently 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.

Macmillan and Cwm Taf announced their plans to develop a new unit offering specialist palliative care at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the new year.

It is hoped that preparatory work for the build will start in the autumn and that the building will open in 2019