Cwm Taf University Health Board is planning to invest more than £17m in modernising hospital and community healthcare facilities across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

The Health Board is planning an ambitious major Capital Programme to improve its hospital buildings, build new facilities in the community, and invest in more cutting edge medicine, including:

  • Neonatal, Obstetric and Midwifery expansions at Prince Charles Hospital and Royal Glamorgan Hospital;
  • A purpose-built Palliative Care Unit in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support at Royal Glamorgan Hospital;
  • A health board wide telecommunications system upgrade;
  • Digitisation of medical records;
  • A proposed new integrated health centre in Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley;
  • Refurbishment/remodelling to Old School Surgery’s branch surgery in Llanharry.
  • Refurbishment of Aberdare and Tonypandy Health Centres
  • Extension to Parc Canol Surgery, Church Village

At Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, a new cardiac catheter laboratory, and Surgical Assessment Unit have recently been opened, and construction workers have recently arrived on site to start work on the flagship £6m Diagnostic Hub with state-of-the-art CT and MRI scanners.

At Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, work is due to commence shortly on the development of an expanded Neonatal Unit and Maternity service which will deliver high quality modern facilities for mothers and babies across the community. This will be followed by the next phase of the programme of refurbishment of the ground and first floor of the hospital which will continue over the next few years.

Dewi Sant Hospital in Pontypridd is receiving £1.7m in the first phase of an investment plan to transform it into Cwm Taf’s second Health Park, similar to the health board’s flagship Keir Hardie health park facility in Merthyr Tydfil, which was the first in Wales to provide health and social care on one site.

A business case for a new £6.5m integrated primary care facility in Mountain Ash is also being finalised with active discussions underway with Welsh Government about sources of funding for this important development. Following an intense period of joint working with local GPs, the Local Authority and Third Sector, the plan is for this model to provide GP as well as community, social services and third sector collaborative services under one roof including district nursing and health visiting services.

The proposed new health centre would replace ageing surgery buildings and operate within a health and wellbeing network, working closely with local authority, third sector services and Ysbyty Cwm Cynon to provide a wide range of treatments and support for local people. The new facility would also provide a centre for teaching excellence for the Cynon Valley. The Health Board is working hard to secure the funding which, if successful, could see work starting on a new development early in 2018.

Additional Improvement Grant funding has also been secured to support the much needed upgrading of existing primary care premises across the Health Board area. This will create additional capacity for the GP practices and community teams as well as improvement to the environments for both staff and patients.

Allison Williams, Chief Executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board said, “This investment in our estate is not just about facilities but about equipping our clinicians and staff with the latest in technology and equipment so they can provide our patients with the best possible care and treatment.

“There will be a lot of work going on over the next three years in upgrading and re-designing services across RCT and Merthyr Tydfil and we are grateful to the public for their support while we carry out some of these works. Some of the projects are already well underway like the Diagnostic Hub and Dewi Sant health park, and we look forward to all of our capital projects coming to fruition for the benefit of our local communities. I am delighted to see balanced investments in the pipeline that are at every stage of the patient journey – in primary, community and secondary care.”