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The Betsi Cadwaladr health board is to take over the running of Rhuddlan Surgery.
Nearly 2,000 patients are currently served by the Vicarage Road practice, but its only GP, Dr Hazel Drury, will terminate her contract to provide primary care services at the end of March. Staff will be transferred to the health board.
Betsi says the move is a temporary measure while they look for a new doctor to take over the surgery. Last December, Dr Drury said ”the challenges and pressures of…providing services and meeting growing demands” led to her decision to step down.
In a statement, the board said they had held talks ”with neighbouring GP practices and advertised for a new GP to take on the contract to provide primary care services to the community. To make sure that services continue to be available to patients, we will put in place a health board managed practice for the time being while we continue to seek someone to take on this contract…patients will automatically transfer to the new arrangement.”
In Prestatyn, Betsi is also set to launch a new practice – Healthy Prestatyn Iach – to take over from the Pendyffryn and Seabank surgeries from 1st April. At one point, the board said it was considering whether to integrate the Rhuddlan surgery into the new service.