15 Feb 2016 ARCH Programme’s £60million Llanelli Wellness Village plans discussed by Hywel Dda chiefs
PLANS for how the health service can contribute to a multi-million pound health and wellbeing village in Llanelli have been discussed by leading West Wales health bosses.
Hywel Dda Health Board hosted an event in Carmarthen last week to discuss the plans, which form part of the ambitious ARCH Programme.
The £60 million Llanelli Wellness Village, led by Carmarthenshire Council, which would be the first of its kind in Wales and unique to Llanelli.
The scope that the health service and transformational ARCH Programme could play in the development was discussed by Hywel Dda chief executive Steve Moore and senior health staff at the Carmarthen Leisure Centre workshop held to discuss ARCH.
ARCH is a collaboration between Hywel Dda, its Swansea counterpart ABMU and Swansea University. It also spans six local authority areas of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea. It is poised to bring huge benefits to West Wales though world class technology for patients; improved recruitment meaning more staff on hospital wards and a major boost to the region’s economy through working with global commercial, including technology and pharmaceutical partners.
The proposed Llanelli Wellness Centre is just one element of the ARCH project and aims to see a new leisure centre built which will also a wellness education centre, a health and wellbeing academy, out of hours GP services, therapies centre, hotel and conferencing and business facilities.
Swansea University senior lecturer and ARCH Project Manager Bjorn Rodde spoke to Hywel Dda staff members about the potential benefit, not only to Llanelli but the entire region of South West Wales.
He said: “All of these services help people live longer and enjoy a better quality of life while providing sustainable jobs for the future.”
The Llanelli Wellness community in Delta Lakes, could also see the development of ILS@Hywel Dda. The Institute of Life Science (ILS) is Wales’s premier purpose-built medical research facility and is based at Swansea University.
It is hoped Carmarthenshire will benefit from the same innovation and research which benefits all our health with the creation of the Hywel Dda facility in Llanelli.
Funding could come from the EU but also from private investment and match funding in various forms. Carmarthenshire Council has said it would supply the land for the project.
Hywel Dda chief executive Steve Moore told the invited audience that the health board is committed to the ARCH Programme but urged his senior managers to make the most of what ARCH can offer.
He said: “ARCH will be everything to everyone, but as a health board we must be clear about what we want to get out of the project for our communities.
“This programme really does offer us the chance to improve the services we deliver across the Hywel Dda area and to transform the way we operate as an organisation.
“We are committed to ARCH, but now is the time to work with our partners and be specific about what it can bring to us.”
He emphasised that working effectrively as a region is in the hands of the Hywel Dda team He added: “Collaboration is a choice.”
Another of the guest speakers at the Carmarthenshire event was Dr Phil Kloer, Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director & Director of Clinical Strategy for Hywel Dda, also praised the ARCH Programme and encouraged his colleagues to support the scheme.
He said: “This will break new ground. By linking ARCH’s ambitions with our local clinical strategy we can be a leader in rural health services and even possibly repatriate certain services to Hywel Dda.
“We do have some fragile service models, we need to work together now and everyone needs to be a part of it.”
He added: “Now is the moment to connect to ARCH as an organisation.”
What is ARCH?
THE ARCH Programme is health and science working together, to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the people of South West Wales.
It will generate a future for the people of South West Wales which delivers better health, skills and economic outcomes. This world-class, visionary project is a collaboration between Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda and Swansea University.
It will affect almost a million people and works together with social care, voluntary and other public bodies – offering a truly whole systems approach.
It breaks free from an outdated healthcare system designed over 50 years ago and replaces it with an accessible one specifically planned for today’s needs, in purpose-built or refurbished accommodation. It focuses on keeping people healthy; or better managing disease when they’re ill.
THE ARCH Programme’s vision is to help people and communities gain control over the
influences on their health and wellbeing, making healthier choices - easier choices.
Here are five ways to begin your journey to good health, wellness and wellbeing:
Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
At home, work, schools or in your local community. Think of these as cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support
and enrich you every day.
Swap your inactive pursuits with active ones. Go for a walk. Step outside. Cycle. Play a
game. Garden. Dance. Walk or cycle when making short journeys. Being active makes
you feel good. Most importantly , discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits
your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a
different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook
your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will
make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your
time. Joining a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your
happiness, linked to wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates
connections with the people around you.