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Topping out ceremony at state-of-the-art palliative care unit

The last beam is being placed on a new palliative care unit being built by Cwm Taf and Macmillan – a year to the date since the turf was cut by the Health Secretary.

L-R NGS’ Martin McMillan, Cwm Taf’s Marcus Longley and Macmillan’s Richard Pugh

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Today will see the topping out ceremony for the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit, which is being built by Cwm Taf University Health Board and Macmillan Cancer Support in partnership with the National Garden Scheme.

The ceremony is happening a year to the day since Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething helped cut the turf on the site at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

The eight-bed unit will provide inpatient, outpatient and palliative day care for people with incurable cancer and other conditions within the health board area of Rhondda and Taff Ely.


Designed by architects who specialise in palliative care builds, the unit will give a comfortable and welcoming environment to people being cared for there and their loved ones.

Macmillan is donating £5m towards the unit – £2.5m of which has been donated generously by the National Garden Scheme – with the additional £2m being given to the health board by the Welsh Government through its All Wales Capital Programme.

Richard Pugh, Head of Services (Wales) for Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“Macmillan is thrilled to see the progress of this unit, our biggest build in Wales, and to have the topping out ceremony a year since we cut the turf on the site.

“This unit will provide a warm, welcoming environment for people who need palliative care and their loved ones when it opens its doors next year and we would like to thank everyone who has donated to help us build it.”

Alan Lawrie, Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health at Cwm Taf University Health Board said: “We are delighted that the unit is being built on the site of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant which will provide state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for our patients and their relatives.”

Rosamund Davies, National Garden Scheme Regional Chair for Wales and The Marches, said: “The National Garden Scheme is extremely proud to be supporting Macmillan in building the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit – and it’s thanks to the generosity of our garden owners, volunteers and visitors that we are able donate and watch this incredibly important place take shape.”

The unit should be finished by the summer of 2019.

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