HEALTH BOARD THAT WANTS TO SHUT 2 PENARTH GP SURGERIES – PLANS “19-ACRE BEE-ORCHARD”

Penarth's nearest hospital - the University Hospital Llandough is to have a 19 acre "bee orchard"

Penarth’s nearest hospital – the University Hospital Llandough is to have a 19 acre “bee orchard”

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board –  the organisation which wants to close two GP surgeries in Penarth –  is planning to create a 19-acre “bee-orchard” in the grounds of  Llandough Hospital.

The Health Board  (UHB for short)  has already been lambasted for its organisational shortcomings and, in particular,  keeping patients waiting for hours in ambulances – stacked-up outside the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.

It is also the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board that wants to close two GP surgeries in Penarth (Station Road and Redlands) and replace them with a new “Health Hub” to be built on the tennis courts of the Penarth Leisure Centre at Cogan .

The Llandough Hospital campus from the air. The "19 acre bee-orchard site is to the East of the hospital

The Llandough Hospital campus from the air. The “19 acre bee-orchard site is to the East of the hospital

It turns out that the Cardiff and Vale |Health Board owns 19 acres of land which are described as being  “behind the wall” at the far end of the grounds of Llandough Hospital .

The plan is to develop this land as an “orchard” with “Welsh trees“,  an “allotment” and “bee hives” as part of the a new Spinal Injuries Unit which is to be developed at Llandough  to replace the existing unit at Rookwood Hospital.

A charity called Horatio’s Garden – which has set up similar gardens for spinal injury centres elsewhere  – is said to be interested in working with the Health Board to develop the Llandough orchard. The charity says that because spinal injury patients spend many months – sometimes years – in hospital with “little or no access to the outside world”  –  a hospital garden contributes to “a feeling of wellbeing“.

The Mayor of the Vale of Glamrogan Cllr Sutart Egan who represents UNISON on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

The Mayor of the Vale of Glamrogan Cllr Sutart Egan who represents UNISON on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Stuart Egan (Labour Buttrills Ward, Barry)  – who is a the Trade Union representative for Unison on the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board –  has nominated the orchard scheme as his “appeal for the year”.

Last year one of the members of the Health Board  was Ogmore Labour MP and Labour Vale Councillor Chris Elmore who was paid  in the range of £10,000 to £15,000 for his services to the Health Board . Elmore, who is still wrongly listed by the Labour Party as being a member of the Health Board, resigned on being elected MP for Ogmore.

The Cardiff and Vale Health Board employs 13,947 people

Last year the Cardiff and Vale Health Board staff claimed a total of  228,278  days off in “sickies”. Only  36% of its staff worked  all their alloted days and didn’t claim days-off for sickness.

 

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4 Responses to HEALTH BOARD THAT WANTS TO SHUT 2 PENARTH GP SURGERIES – PLANS “19-ACRE BEE-ORCHARD”

  1. Taffy says:

    That will create a buzzzzzzz!

  2. Dirk Jonas says:

    Before any further developments are proposed for the Llandough Hospital site, the increasing problem of street parking on Penlan Road (the Church end is particularly getting worse) and Dochdwy Road should be investigated thoroughly. You cannot put a “quart into a pint pot”
    The “construction access” to the Hospital, opposite The Merrie Harrier PH, could also be used as an “entry only” access to relieve the pressure on the main entrances. An access to the Hospital site from Pen-y-Turnpike could also be considered long term.
    The problem with traffic and parking is only going to get worse with the housing developments proposed in Penarth, Sully, Cosmeston, Dinas Powys and Barry areas feeding ever increasing traffic via the pinch points at The Merrie Harrier and Baron’s Court junctions. No amount of virtually unused bus lanes are going to cure that “little” problem..

  3. Lindsay says:

    It would be good if this could be regarded as a worthy effort on behalf of seriously disadvantaged patients. Very sad if it becomes another political football and a point scoring opportunity.

  4. J Tate says:

    shaking today are you?

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