Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn receives first patients
Posted on: Thursday 16 April 2020
A former care home in Brynmenyn has received its first patients this week helping to free up hospital beds during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Abergarw Manor which is owned by the Caron Group has been refurbished to provide a number of additional beds to support the Princess of Wales Hospital.
Bridgend County Borough Council is working with the owners of both Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn and the former Hyfrydol care home in Maesteg, to provide additional bed capacity.
Around 20 beds are currently in use at Abergarw Manor enabling patients to continue their recovery and rehabilitation.
Patients are referred by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, being transferred from the Princess of Wales Hospital and the Angelton Clinic.
Our extra care provision partner Linc Cymru are supporting the health board to provide the catering and meals for patients in Abergarw Manor.Council leader Huw David
Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn is a former care home which has not been in use for the last few years. The Caron Group plans to open another care home on the site but due to the outbreak of coronavirus, it is providing the building free of charge to the local authority.
A Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board spokesman said: “Over the past few weeks we have been working very closely with several community partners to look at ways to further
increase our bed capacity using community facilities to meet the demand expected from Covid-19.
“Our discussions have focussed on the repurposing of our community hospital wards and other de-commissioned buildings, for example nursing homes within health and social care settings.
“Our focus has been on ensuring that our hospital wards could be used for our patients needing emergency treatment and to support people with serious health conditions and who require specialist care.
“In order to be ready for increased Covid-19 cases, we are having to transfer patients who we feel are able to be moved to more suitable settings within the community.
“This will mean that they have less risk of being exposed to coronavirus, while continuing their recovery and rehabilitation and to continue with any agreed plans made for discharge from hospital.”
The health board is also working closely with third sector partners including Age Connects and Mental Health Matters to ensure that support is provided to patients using the facilities, particularly patients with cognitive impairment and dementia.
The support includes providing support to patients to maintain contact with family and friends both by phone and through digital solutions, supporting patient activities particularly for those self-isolating in their own rooms and supporting relatives to deliver clothes and personal effects for patients.