What we do
Palliative care is an approach to treating serious illness that focuses on a person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
The goal of palliative care is 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, co-ordinating care and working through sometimes difficult decisions.
Who is it for?
End of life care is a term that is increasingly used to refer to the care of people thought to be in the last six to 12 months of their lives. It also refers to the care of people around the last days or weeks of their life.
Although palliative care teams are often associated in peoples’ minds with cancer, we care for patients with any terminal illness, including motor neurone disease, heart failure, end stage lung or kidney disease for example.
Palliative and end of life care is provided by GPs, district nurses and hospital based staff.
Can anyone use the service?
People may be referred to the service by their GP, district nurse, hospital consultant or specialist nurse.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
What to expect
There are two specialist palliative care services in Cwm Taf – covering Rhondda/Taf Ely and Merthyr Tydfil/Cynon respectively.
Both services have a community team (often known as the Macmillan nurses) for patients at home or in a nursing home, inpatient beds, a day care unit and a hospital support team. We work closely with patients’ GPs, district nurses and hospital teams.
We often see patients who are still undergoing active treatment for their illness, working alongside the oncologist, or heart specialist for example.
Y Bwthyn, Pontypridd and District Cottage Hospital or Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Telephone: Secretary 01443 443758 or Ward 01443 443788
Ysbyty Cwm Cynon – Ynysdawel Ward (Ward 6) or Prince Charles Hospital
Telephone: Secretary 01443 715154 or Ward 01443 715006