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Cwm Taff Health Board

Description – Covers South East Wales Valleys (Rhondda)

ROC Constituency – SEWROC

Cwm Taf University Health Board is responsible for providing healthcare services to the population of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, estimated to be around 289,400 people. They provide a full range of hospital and community-based services employing approximately 7,000 members of staff making them the second largest employer in the area. 

Their services also extend to people living in the neighbouring areas of the Upper Rhymney Valley, South Powys, North Cardiff and the Western Vale. In addition, some specialist services are provided to the wider catchment area of South Wales. 

Cwm Taf University Health Board is situated in the heart of South Wales just north of Cardiff, between the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and the M4 motorway.   Many areas across Cwm Taf are amongst the most deprived in Wales. This is significant as geographically based deprivation measures can be used to show inequalities in health and suggest areas most likely to need measures to improve health and manage ill-health. Figures also show that life expectancy across Cwm Taf is lower than that of the Welsh average. 

Key contacts

Craig Wilson, Assistant Director of Operations | 01443 744879, 07770 981817.

Craig chairs the Eyecare Collaborative Group

Timothy Palmer, Optometric Adviser

This health board runs an Eyecare Collaborative Group and an Eyecare Liaison Group regularly with no interruption.

Their Headquarters are Cwm Taf University Health Board, Unit 3 Navigation Park, Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF45 4SN. All eye care meetings typically take place in Royal Glamorgan Hospital


Locality leads are: Ian Jones, Brian Borland, Shiraz Megji and Owain Mealing (SEWROC Committee Members)


Ophthalmologists who represent this Health Board at Welsh Government meetings (OSAG and WPCB) are:

Raghu Ram – Medical Retina Specialist


Mohammed Muhataseb – Corneal Specialist


Engagement with the clusters has been very productive with the cluster network leads asking the ROC if they could send all their eye care related patient presentations to community optometry.


Local enhanced services are as follows:

Post Op Cataract                                         under EHEW (service spec available)

HES based Glaucoma ODTC                      under EHEW (service spec available) and using HES optometrists                                                            

Pachymeters                                                funded by Health Board