On 1st April 2019, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board changed its name to Swansea Bay University Health Board.
The new name reflects our new geographical area, covering Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. This is because the responsibility for healthcare services for people in the Bridgend County Borough area has now moved to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.
The change in boundary is an administrative change and will not affect the way patient care is delivered. No services are being reduced or lost and patients will continue to travel to the same place as they do now to receive their care.
In June 2018 the Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething announced that responsibility for providing healthcare to the Bridgend population would transfer from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB to Cwm Taf UHB in order to strengthen partnerships arrangements for Bridgend County Borough Council.
Like ourselves, Cwm Taf has also changed its name to reflect this change, to Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB.
The new Swansea Bay University Health Board covers a population of just under 400,000 and employs around 12,500 staff.
Chief Executive, Tracy Myhill, pictured left, said: “This transition presents us with many opportunities. Our Health Board is smaller than we were as ABM UHB – serving a population that is 28% smaller in fact. This presents an opportunity to work more closely and strengthen our cohesion across what is still a large organisation despite being smaller than we were. We can also be more focused in our partnership arrangements, particularly with Hywel Dda Health Board, with Swansea and Neath Port Talbot local authorities, and with the universities in South West Wales.
“Making our brand name - Swansea Bay University Health Board – synonymous with improving population health and wellbeing, great quality care, services, people, and innovation is very much part of our ambition for this health board and I look forward to the support of everyone as we enter this new chapter.”