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Mayhill Surgery - October 2014 update

Wales first centre a step closer to reality

Families living in Swansea are another step closer to the dream of having Wales's first integrated Family Centre and GP surgery purpose-built at the heart of their community.

Planners have backed ambitious proposals for a state-of-the-art £2 million centre in Mayhill which will become a health and family support hub for that whole community boasting an on-site pharmacy too.

Work on the joint Swansea Council and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board scheme could now start this autumn, replacing Mayhill GP Surgery in Pen y Graig Road and the Family Centre in Mayhill Road with a bright innovative centre in Mayhill Road.

There is a commitment by the GPs of Mayhill Surgery the Council, ABMU Health Board and the Welsh Government to transform health and social care services in the area and it is being developed by health and social care specialist Ashley House plc with BDP architects.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, said:

"We want communities across Wales to be vibrant, viable places to live, where people are able to easily access the services they need.

"I am delighted the Welsh Government has been able to support this project with £400,000 of funding.  This purpose-built, integrated health and family support hub will make key services available at the heart of the community."

Dr Hancock, Senior Partner of Mayhill Surgery, said: "Mayhill Surgery has been long established as part of the community of Mayhill and we are delighted to be part of the new development."

Will Evans, Swansea Council Cabinet member for Anti-Poverty, said: "It makes sense to work with ABMU to provide what will be the first purpose-built service of its kind in Swansea, boasting 21st century services for children and families.

"Local residents know that the current Mayhill Family Centre needs replacing with a centre that's more flexible and able to meet people's needs and cope with growing demand.

"By linking this with a new health centre families will have a one-stop-shop of services to meet their needs.  It will mean children in the community in particular are given the best possible start to life.

Andrew Davies, ABMU Chairman, said: "This new centre in Mayhill shows how ABMU Health Board and Swansea Council working closely together is benefiting the local community.

"The new GP surgery will be a modern and comfortable facility designed specifically with the needs of patients and staff in mind.

"Also, it will give the staff the space to provide additional services and clinics supporting long term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and chronic pulmonary disease.  By developing these services closer to patients' homes, they won't need to travel to busy hospital sites for treatment."

Jonathan Holmes, Chief Executive of Ashley House, said "We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with our forward thinking GPs, Council and Health Board partners in Swansea, to provide this ambitious and innovative community facility.

Work is set to start on the centre in the autumn with a view to completion in the Summer 2015.  Residents will continue to be able to access services at the existing GP surgery and family centre until the move to the new centre takes place.

Residents and service users will be kept up to date on progress through leaflets and via this website.


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