A NEW multi-million pound health centre to be built in Wrexham has been heralded as ‘wonderful news’ for a community.
Caia Park is to benefit from the £2.5 million medical centre, to be funded by Primary Health Properties plc (PHP), in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).
The Caia Park Primary Care Resource Centre will house the GP Practice in Caia Park, a health team, dental services, community nursing teams, including district nursing, health visitor and midwifery teams.
It will also provide a base for outpatient consultations by visiting clinicians.
According to PHP, the new facility will be “a modern, purpose-built health centre”.
The centre will be let to BCUHB on a 20-year lease term and it is hoped it will be completed by the end of 2014.
A BCUHB spokesman said: “The new Caia Park Primary Care Resource Centre will provide new accommodation for the GP Practice in Caia Park, the Health Board’s Caia Park Health Team, Community Dental Services (going up from one to two surgeries), our community nursing teams including district nursing, health visitor and midwifery teams and will also provide a venue for outpatient consultations by visiting clinicians.
“The new building is to be constructed on a site immediately next to the Caia Park Partnership building on Prince Charles Road and so will also help strengthen links to the Partnership.”
Whitegate councillor Brian Cameron said the medical centre was a “fantastic” result for the community after a ‘15-year journey.
“It is wonderful news for the area and will provide a fantastic facility for Caia Park,” he said.
“It has been a long battle, a 15-year journey, to finally get the go-ahead
for this centre.”
He added: “The battle to ensure the future of Hightown Surgery continues but we are in discussions with BCUHB and hopefully we will get the right answer soon.
“The new centre will not be replacing the surgery.”
Workmen began work on the site yesterday for the centre, granted planning permission from Wrexham Council in June 2012.
Cllr Keith Gregory, of Smithfield ward, said it was a “victory for the community”.
“This is something we’ve campaigned for in the area for the best part of 20 years,” he said.
“It is something Caia Park has desperately wanted, needed, and now we’re going to get it. This is a big victory for the community and I’m absolutely chuffed to bits.”
A PHP spokesman said: “PHP is the UK’s leading investor in primary care facilities across the UK.
“Its sole focus is the provision of modern, high quality premises from which the NHS and GPs can deliver as wide a range of services as possible, in a comfortable, pleasant yet flexible and efficient setting.
“PHP therefore works with all of the health boards in Wales and with equivalent bodies in the rest of the UK to fund and develop new primary care facilities.”