Supporting #MoveMoreEatWell across Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Hydration is an important part of staying healthy, and is a simple, low cost way to stay energised throughout the day and as a result, the #MoveMoreEatWell partnership plan aims to improve access to fresh drinking water for individuals across Cardiff and Vale.

Across Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Refill Stations have been installed for use by patients, staff and visitors to the Health Board’s sites. With the intention to increase access to free drinking water and to cut down on plastic waste, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity have been pioneering the installation to promote healthy hydration and reduce waste.

Funded by charitable funds, the Health Board has proudly installed a total of seven Refill Stations across its sites in Cardiff and the Vale seeing stations at:
– Barry Hospital
– St David’s Hospital (x2)
– Llandough Centre for Specialist Spinal and Neuro Rehabilitation
– Breast Centre at University Hospital Llandough
– Cardiff Royal Infirmary
– Staff Haven, Lakeside Wing at University Hospital Wales

Since the first station was installed in Barry Hospital in June 2020, it has filled over 11,000 water bottles and between the two stations at St David’s Hospital, that were installed in January 2021, they have filled over 15,000 bottles.

Local Champion, Sue Dickson-Davies from Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, said, “The installation of the water refill stations have been incredibly popular and have received fabulous feedback. We are thrilled to have installed even more of these stations across our sites, encouraging our patients, staff and visitors to prioritise drinking water, staying hydrated and reducing plastic waste.”

More information on the Refill Stations can be viewed on the Health Charity’s website.

Encouraging safe and active travel

Beyond this, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity has also been supporting members of staff with access to free Bike Health Checks. Having aligned with Pedal Power Cardiff, the Health Charity has introduced half an hour sessions that will see safety checks and minor repairs completed on site and professional advice given if larger repairs are necessary.

Helping to encourage members of staff to think more actively about the way they travel and to promote the benefits of fresh air and exercise, the Bike Health Checks have been met with tremendous popularity. Ensuring bikes are safe and secure enough for individuals to travel to work across the Health Board’s sites, the Bike Health Check sessions have been set up across University Hospital Wales, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Barry Hospital, St David’s Hospital and Woodland House to ensure members of staff are able to access these, wherever they work.

For more information about the Bike Health Check sessions, please visit the Health Charity’s website.