Porthcawl GPs on move to multi-million pound health care centre? – Glamorgan Gem

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

By Philip Irwin

Porthcawl is to get a modern health centre which will bring GP surgeries in the town under one roof – subject to a 12-week public consultation.

Under the proposals, the Portway Surgery and Dr Eales’ Victoria Avenue surgery will move to the new purpose-built centre in Newton, close to the Mallards Reach housing development.

The two GP surgeries will continue to operate independently.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is planning to hold a public open event in November where staff will give more details about the proposed plans, and answer questions.

Leaflets to explain the proposals and to invite residents to the event will also be sent to all households in Porthcawl, and the health board also intends to place patient questionnaires in GP surgeries following the open event.

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones said: “I very much welcome this positive step forward by ABMU Health Board.

“The proposed new Primary Care Centre for Porthcawl is much needed in the town and is long overdue.

“I have spoken to many people in Porthcawl who have complained about the difficulty of acquiring appointments and the additional pressures on GP services and availability due to the high influx of tourists during the summer season. I look forward to hearing more about the proposals in due course”.

The proposal received a very warm welcome from Porthcawl SHOUT, the group that campaigns for the wellbeing of the over-50s.

Spokesman Clive Mort called it “wonderful news” and said that the group had been arguing the case for such a centre for more than 10 years.

He said that they had stepped up the campaign over the last 12 months, after seeing a similar centre in operation in Clydach.

Mr Mort said:?“A centre was originally intended to be built as part of the overall regeneration programme, but this has stalled due to lack of progress since the supermarkets withdrew from the proposed scheme.

“Throughout SHOUT have insisted that Porthcawl cannot wait. It was therefore with great pleasure that we heard that AMBU Health Board wished to attend our October meeting to make a formal announcement.

“In using SHOUT to unveil their plans for the future of the health service in our town it was indeed just reward for Porthcawl SHOUT’s persistence over a long period.”

The health board were represented by Zoe Wallace, Sarah Thornton and Helen Wainwright, and were accompanied by Claire Jenkins chair of the Community Health Council and Lindsay Morgan of SHOUT, who sits on the council.

Mr Mort said:?“It was described as a multi million pound commitment for the town of Porthcawl.

“What is proposed is a state of the art three-storey health care centre, to be constructed by the middle of next year at a site alongside the Bellway Homes development, at the Meadow, Newton Nottage Road adjacent to the lake.

“Car parking will be provided and existing bus services already connect well with the site.”

The GEM understands that the centre will be able to provide a number of services and procedures that would normally require a hospital visit, although full details are not available yet.

Mr Mort concluded:?“It is now essential that the people of Porthcawl wholeheartedly and actively support the proposals.”

A spokesman for the ABMU?health Board said that further details would be released soon.

He added:?““The health board is committed to ensuring residents of Porthcawl have access to high quality fit for purpose healthcare as close to home as possible.

“In agreement with the community health council, we have started a period of engagement running until Friday, December 18, to discuss with residents our ideas for a new primary and community care centre for Porthcawl.

“All Porthcawl residents, whether they regularly access local GP and community healthcare services or not, are invited to take part.

“We will be posting directly to residents information about our ideas and two public open days which will be held in November.

“Residents can send us their views a number of ways including by letter, email and via the community health council.

“Further information will also be available from GP surgeries.

“This is a very important time for the residents of Porthcawl and we urge everyone to get involved.”

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