I was delighted to read the Bronllys Park: a vision for the next 100 years report and share the dismay at the untrue and damaging picture of the Welsh NHS promoted by the media. Below is an extract from an email I received from the Powys Heath and Well Being Action Group about the great healthcare work they are planning:
"We are really fed up with the recent ultra negative opinions that are flying about in England about our Welsh NHS. We think that what we are proposing in this Bronllys Park project is a really positive example of what could be done in Wales, showing how communities can work with the NHS to make world class services.
In December 2013 we were asked to engage with Powys teaching Health Board, to come up with ideas for the use of the grounds of Bronllys Hospital near Talgarth, in Mid Wales. Our local community proposals are being put forward in the “Bronllys Park: a vision for the next 100 years” report. It is a Well Being Park, within an Eco Garden Village. Respecting Bronllys’s beautiful setting we aim to bring even more facilities of value, to our rural community.
The Well Being Park will include some “Fit homes” specially designed for families who have a member with dementia incorporating smart technology and telehealth link ups. Individuals and their carers will receive support from “ Bron Home”. This facility will specialise in dementia, offering outreach, breaks and eventually residential care, to people who have become unable to live independently. A range of other homes in the Eco Garden Village will cater for a range of community housing needs workers from home, downsizers, key workers and selfbuilders. This means that Bronllys Park will be a vibrant community to live work and relax in. A Maggie Day Centre for people who have Cancer and other life threatening conditions is also planned, with our adjoining hospital offering palliative care.
The proposals also includes bringing jobs to the area and to enhance sport and leisure facilities to increase well being in the area. We also propose to set up the Park to be financially self sustaining with built in financial instruments, which will generate ongoing funding of social care.
We are also including one really big idea to enhance Health and Well Being in the area and bring in jobs and visitors. That is to make Bronllys Park the Welsh National Home for Road Cycling, putting our steep hills and sparse population forward as a positive!
We have shared the Bronllys Park proposals with our community and there has been widespread support and enthusiasm for what is planned. The Park proposals have also been shared with a range of Health and Social Care agencies who have also applauded what is on offer. We have had very constructive meetings with Bob Hudson the Powys teaching Health Board Chief Executive and with Jeremy Patterson the Powys County Council CEO and meet with them jointly on Monday the 1st December. At this meeting we hope we can get agreement on how to make the Bronllys Park proposals a reality. On the following Wednesday we have been asked to present the proposals to our County Community Health Council.
It is acknowledged that Bronllys Park would make an excellent demonstration project for the One Powys Plan and the community participation inherent in that approach. We are reliably informed that the Park would be unique in Britain and would be Welsh Flagship Project Internationally; in meeting the age related illnesses and challenges facing us in the 21st Century.
When we get the green light the Park Project it is proposed that a Community Interest Company will take over the development, delivery and governance. We have the candidates for that Board waiting in the wings. We are very passionate about how much positive and genuine good could come out of the Bronllys Park Development."
We would all welcome your views, advice and support to make Bronllys Park become a reality and wonderful resource for Wales.