The new centre, bringing together a range of healthcare services, will be based on the site of the former grammar school in Llanrwst, replacing the current Scotland Street surgery.
The new centre will co-locate the GP practice with an increased range of other community based health and social services on a single site. The new facility will be able to serve more of the 8,400-strong local community. Currently the Scotland Street site has a patient list size of 5,200.
It will also mean the surgery can increase its team of nurses and other healthcare staff and provide training for junior doctors.
The funding will also mean the surgery will be able to provide a wider range of services, including care traditionally provided in hospital settings, so that healthcare will be provided more conveniently closer to people’s homes.
Edwina Hart said:
This new development, supported by Welsh Assembly Government funding, will ensure that a range of high quality healthcare is provided closer to people’s homes in the Conwy area.
The funding will allow an expansion of services and enable the staff to serve more of the local population. It will also make a wider contribution to training new medical staff, good news for the NHS in Wales.
Construction of the site will also be a welcome shot in the arm to the local economy.
The centre is expected to be open by November 2009. The Scotland Street surgery will continue to take patients until the new facility is built.
30 December 2008