Plans for new primary and community care centre for Porthcawl set to go on display – WalesOnline

Plans for a new primary care and community services centre in Porthcawl will go on display in the town for the first time this week.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is proposing to transfer GP and community services to the new centre, improving the level of patient care and providing some new services.

Residents can see the plans during an open day on Thursday, November 12, from 9am to 6.30pm in the Glamorgan Holiday Hotel.

Experts on hand to answer questions

Representatives of the health board, GP practices, the development team and the Community Health Council will also be available to talk to residents and answer any questions.

Leaflets explaining the proposals are being sent to patients.

The search for a suitable site to build a new centre has been ongoing since 2006 because the main Portway Surgery site is too small and doesn’t offer the accommodation required to deliver modern services.

Far below the standard expected

The practice also has to use the South Road premises, meaning services are provided from a split site.

Meanwhile, the accommodation at both the Victoria Avenue GP surgery and the community services site in South Road fall far below the standard expected for modern health needs.

None of these buildings can be modernised or expanded, so the proposal is to move the practices and community services into a purpose-built new centre on Newton Nottage Road, next to Meadow Lake.

‘Site has become unexpectedly available’

ABMU’s director of primary care and community services Hilary Dover said: “We have been trying to progress a new healthcare facility for Porthcawl since 2006.

“Unfortunately, a suitable site was not forthcoming and we were unable to progress the plans.

“This in turn placed increasing pressure on buildings which were no longer fit for purpose.

“However, the site on Newton Nottage Road has become unexpectedly available.

“The lack of any other suitable land becoming available within an acceptable timescale has prompted the health board to pursue this option.”

Plans include pharmacy, car park and ambulance bay

There would also be a pharmacy, car park with disabled parking spaces, a drop-off point and an ambulance bay.

The new centre would be well served by local buses.

Ms Dover added: “Discussions about how the best quality GP and community services for patients now and in the future should be provided in Porthcawl have been ongoing for a number of years.

“We believe the best solution is for a sustainable and modern service for our patients to be provided from a purpose-built single site.”

Patient questionnaires in waiting areas of surgeries

Residents are being urged to attend the open day and complete the Community Health Council questionnaire which will be available at the event.

There are also patient questionnaires in the waiting areas in Portway Surgery, South Road Annex and Victoria Avenue Surgery.

Alternatively, you can email Sendusyourviews.abm@wales.nhs.uk with the title “Porthcawl”.

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