Plans for a new primary care service in Prestatyn have been given the go ahead by health officials.
‘Healthy Prestatyn Iach’ will serve up to 21,000 patients currently served by the town’s Pendyffryn and Seabank surgeries – they are closing at the end of March because of recruitment problems.
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board plan to run primary care services from the former council offices at Ty Nant, which will be leased from the local authority. Six extra GPs will be needed with staff working at the two surgeries being transferred to ‘Healthy Prestatyn Iach’ from 1st April.
The business plan was approved at a board meeting in Bangor on Thursday. It’s hoped the service will be fully implemented from its proposed Ty Nant base within 12 months.
Bethan Jones, the BCHUB director for Conwy and Denbighshire, said: ”I am thrilled that the Board has approved these recommendations. These developments will mean we can offer a better, more responsive service for patients and offer more appealing opportunities when we are recruiting staff. I realise that over the last few months some patients will have been concerned about what was happening with GP services in Prestatyn. I hope this announcement gives people reassurance that we are making the necessary progress on planning the new arrangements.”
Under the plans, Pendyffryn’s branch surgeries at Meliden and Ffynnongroyw and the Seabank Surgery building at Rhodfa Wen will be retained.
Meantime, GPs at Pendyffryn and Seabank are serving out their GMS contracts with the health board, after announcing in October they would no longer provide primary care services after Thursday 31st March 2016.