A NEW palliative care unit has officially opened in Llanidloes.

The Garden Rooms is a new care suite that provides dignified nursing care at the end of life with two en-suite rooms with state-of-the-art facilities.

After three years of fundraising, the new care unit was made possible with £75,000 funding from the League of Friends and a further £75,000 from the community.

Mary Oliver of the League of Friends said: “Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. It has been an incredible joint effort to create this beautiful new facility that will offer dignity and peace for patients and families.”

Carol Shillabeer, chief executive of Powys Teaching Health Board, said: “This facility truly demonstrates the community spirit, pride and togetherness that is so evident here in Llanidloes and district. It is an astounding achievement by everyone involved, and the scale of local fundraising is frankly amazing.

“I would like to offer my huge thanks to Mary as chair of the League of Friends, to all members of the committee, and to all local fundraisers. Thank you too, to everyone involved in the planning, design and construction as well as to the staff here on Graham Davies Ward and across the hospital for keeping services running while the work was taking place. It is lovely to hear that fundraising has already started for a new garden to truly complement The Garden Rooms at your local hospital.”