About Tŷ Olwen

Tŷ Olwen Hospice is a purpose built specialist Palliative Care Unit which forms part of the Swansea Bay University Health Board Cancer Directorate.
The unit is situated a short distance from the main hospital at Morriston and offers a tranquil setting for the care of patients and their families.


The unit has 14 beds for in-patients, a day-care centre, and facilities for outpatients, counselling support and teaching. Specialist medical staff and nurses work in the unit and visit patients in other hospital wards and in their own homes.

The name Ty Olwen means “The House of Olwen” and is named after Mrs J.T.(Olwen) Morgan the first chairperson of the Fundraising Committee in 1978, who worked tirelessly to raise the £500,000 to build the unit.

It was opened in 1982 by the Duchess of Kent.

A Day centre and teaching unit was added in 1990 at a cost of £750,000, raised by a public appeal. To mark our 25th birthday in 2007 the unit was refurbished and modernised at a cost of £1 million with £750,000 from lottery funding, and the balance from the Ty Olwen Trust and other charitable sources.