Palliative care is an approach that focuses on a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs and to prevent and relieve the physical symptoms (such as pain), decreased function, anxiety and stress that often accompany a serious illness. Palliative care also involves helping patients and family members with planning for future needs, coordinating care and working through sometimes difficult discussions.
Across our Health Board, in all settings, we have additionally trained and experienced staff who deliver specialist palliative care. They work with all the other teams to support patients, their families and their carers.
People may be referred to the service by their GP, district nurse, hospital consultant or specialist nurse.
The Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) services in Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB consist of three teams covering Rhondda/Taf Ely, Merthyr Tydfil/Cynon and Bridgend/West Vale respectively, and operate as North, South and West Cwm Taf Morgannwg services.
Our service is made up of doctors, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, complementary and diversional therapists. Some of these posts have been developed with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.
We often see patients who are still undergoing active treatment for their illness, working alongside the oncologist or heart specialist, for example.
Your Specialist Palliative Care team can signpost you to advice and support in your local area.
To refer a patient to one of our teams or to arrange admission to an inpatient ward, please refer to our Intranet pages or, for urgent queries, contact the respective team secretary on the telephone number below:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The Bridgend and West Vale team care for patients living in their homes and nursing homes in the West area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB. The team are based in Y Bwthyn Newydd SPC Unit within the grounds of Princess of Wales Hospital. They also provide Specialist Palliative Care for inpatients at Princess of Wales Hospital, Maesteg and Glanryhd Hospitals and Ysbyty Seren.
Find us: Y Bwthyn Newydd, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1RQ. We are on the Princess of Wales Hospital site, at the far right of the campus; with some parking at the front.
Email: CTM_SPCTWest@wales.nhs.uk (this mailbox is NOT monitored out of hours)
The Merthyr and Cynon team care for patients living in their homes and nursing homes in the North area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB. The team are based in Ysbyty Cwm Cynon – Ynysdawel Ward (Ward 6), and also provide Specialist Palliative Care for inpatients at Prince Charles Hospital and any other community hospitals.
Find us: Ward 6, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, New Road, Mountain Ash, CF45 4BZ. Enter through the main hospital entrance and turn right past the stairs on the ground floor.
Email: CTT_SPCTAdministration.North@wales.nhs.uk (this mailbox in NOT monitored out of hours)
The Rhondda and Taff Ely team care for patients living in their homes and nursing homes in the South area of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB. The team are based in Y Bwthyn, within the grounds of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. They also provide Specialist Palliative Care to inpatients in Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, as well as Royal Glamorgan Hospital and any other community hospitals.
Find us: Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, CF72 8XR. We are adjacent to Maternity on the Royal Glamorgan Hospital site. Follow the signs for Maternity; parking is available opposite the unit and within the main hospital car park.
Email: CTT_SPCTSouth@wales.nhs.uk (this mailbox is NOT monitored out of hours)