OFFICIALS from an under-fire health board have responded to residents’ concerns over a local hospital closure.
Hundreds of people attended the first of two public workshops in Flint to contribute to plans for the town’s new Primary Healthcare Resource Centre on Wednesday.
However, as reported in yesterday’s Leader, proposals by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board were met with hostility at the workshop.
Campaigners against the closure are unhappy, with some describing the organisation’s attitude as arrogant and dismissive.
The closure of the hospital saw the loss of the minor injuries unit and in-patient beds.
Robin Wiggs, project director for the development in Flint attended the event. He said: “We really do understand and appreciate the strong feelings that have been expressed about the closure of the old hospital.
“However, we have an exciting opportunity to develop a range of more integrated services that should mean people get much more of the primary and community healthcare they need locally in the town.
“As well as feeding back to us on the range of services they would like to see in the new centre, people have been telling us what is important to them about the site of the new facility.
“We will build these views into our selection of a preferred site over the next couple of months.
“We’ll submit the business case to Welsh Government early in the new year and hope to start construction work later in 2014, ready to open the new facility early in 2016.
“Our enhanced care-at-home service started last month and is continuing to develop. By investing in this early support and treatment we can help people to stay healthier and prevent minor illness from developing into something more serious.”