The ARCH partnership is planning to develop a regional network of wellness hubs, centres and villages.
The Wellness network is a solution to avoidable admissions. They will be developed across the ARCH region in sites such as Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Swansea City Centre, Neath Town Centre and Bridgend town centre in the first phase with later phases looking at more sites across both Hywel Dda and ABMU health board areas.
We aim to reduce the burden and demand on secondary care by improving population health and wellbeing and influencing the key social determinants of health such as housing, employment and training opportunities, improved community networks and access to outdoor spaces and leisure facilities.
Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village:
The village will provide a world-class wellness facility on the Llanelli coastline bringing together new sport and leisure facilities, business and research opportunities, education, skills and training facilities as well as health and wellbeing services and assisted living accommodation - all set in an eco-park setting in an attractive lakeside setting.
It aims to improve the wellbeing of people in the area and also create up to 2,000 jobs and boost the economy by £467million over 15 years. This is the largest ever regeneration project in South West Wales.
The village will also house an Institute of Life Science (ILS) for Hywel Dda and support innovation, its translation and commercialisation to help boost the local economy.
Bridgend Wellness Village:
The proposed schedule of accommodation for the scheme has been reviewed and a design brief has been developed in conjunction with Linc Cwmru. Austin Smith Lord architects have now been appointed to develop designs for the project. The project will improve community focused services in Bridgend and also help regenerate the site of the old Magistrates Court.
The development will provide much needed social housing, supported living accommodation, a new primary care health centre and new community spaces which focus on improving the wellbeing of its users, residents and wider community.
The new health & wellbeing centre planned for the site will include GP services and primary care provision and will be linked to established leisure facilities. The designs will also feature outdoor public spaces designed to encourage socialising, community events and public arts.
Swansea Wellness Centre:
A feasibility study for the proposed Swansea Wellness Centre has now been completed. This includes an updated Schedule of Accommodation and a site options appraisal. This now requires review and approval by the Swansea Wellness Centre Steering Group. The group includes representation from the Swansea Council, Welsh Government, Swansea University and ABMU Health Board.
The primary care element is now being developed in partnership with key stakeholders. The state-of-the-art wellness centre aims to make full use of the opportunities afforded by healthcare technology and will mean city centre residents can combine a trip to see their GP with the use of a wide range of non-clinical services that can support health and wellbeing in a drive to encourage individuals to take greater care of their health.
The new facility would be an integrated development which could include facilities such as a GP services, community healthcare, services from the third sector, a satellite facility from Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS) – the research and innovation arm of the Medical School, and an education and skills development centre.
Neath Wellness Hub:
Neath Port Talbot Council are looking to develop the next phase of their Neath Town Centre Masterplan and are looking to develop the site adjacent to the new multi-storey car park in Neath which has been recently cleared.
The development is planned to involve four or five shell and core areas for shop fit out at ground floor level and cold potentially include a wellness hub for the town.
Further work including an option appraisal for the site is required to develop this project.