who-we-are

Who we are

In 1979, Heulwen Egerton, a nurse tutor at Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital set up the ‘Gwent Hospice Project Group.’ The group was made up of like-minded individuals who were concerned at the lack of palliative care available to the people of Gwent.

From our first year of operation, when St. David’s cared for six patients, St. David’s has grown to become the UK’s largest provider of hospice at home care, caring for over 3,200 patients and families every year, at a cost over £5.8 million.

Our achievements include:

  • 1979 – 15th September, the Domiciliary Care Pilot Scheme commenced. Miss Egerton working in a voluntary capacity.
  • 1984 – Introduction of a night nursing service.
  • 1986 – The Domiciliary Care Service extended to the whole of Gwent on 18th August – Miss Egerton awarded an MBE for her work.
  • 1995 – Ystrad Mynach Day Hospice opened.
  • 1998 – Day Hospice patients move from Cambrian House to Panteg.
  • 2000 – New premises for Panteg Day Hospice.
  • 2001 – 2-bedded Palliative Care Unit opened, based in a nursing home in Newport.
    •  – Resource Centre opened in Chepstow.
    • – Contracted nurses appointed to Hospice at Home service.
    • – Tele-Medicine video conference project launched.
  • 2002 – Family Support Team established.
  • 2005 – 2-bedded Palliative Care Unit opened, based in a nursing home in Torfaen.
  • 2010 – Merged with a day hospice in Brecon, Usk House.
  • 2011 – Started providing Hospice at Home services to Mid & South Powys.
  • 2012 – Re-Opened a new state of the art Day Hospice Centre at Ystrad Mynach Hospital, Caerphilly.
  • 2012 – Opened a new state of the art Day Hospice Centre at Blackett Avenue, Newport.