PUBLIC workshops are to take place on controversial new health centre services.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) will hold two workshops in Flint to discuss services that will be provided from the town’s new health centre.
The centre, which is due to be completed next year, will provide GPs, community nurses, outpatient clinics as well as local authority services and voluntary organisations.
It comes after Flint Cottage Hospital was closed last year despite a massive outcry in the town and hundreds marching in an attempt to save the facility.
A spokesman for the health board said: “The workshops will allow local residents to put forward ideas on what community health services would be most beneficial to Flint and to discuss what new services could be set up in the health centre.
“There will also be an update on the potential locations for the new health centre.”
The plans for the new £4.5m health centre have had a mixed response in the town, after the cottage hospital was closed last year.
Campaign spokesman Mike Evans previously said of the plans: “This £4.5m cannot be squandered simply on a new clinic and home for two GP surgeries and a new office for health board officials.
“The health board would like to give the impression that the issue is closed but from a campaign point of view it most certainly is not.”
The health board has previously said the new facility will not house community beds or a minor injuries unit.
There was strong criticism of the plans last year after a health board mistake led angry residents to believe a newly-earmarked primary healthcare resource centre was going be built on the hospital site itself.
Part of the BCUHB statement read: “In the long term these services will be provided from a more modern primary healthcare resource centre on the Flint Community Hospital site.”
That assertion was later retracted by BCUHB staff who put it down to an “error” and a reference to another site in North Wales.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, March 6, in St Mary’s Club in Flint.
The drop in session will be held between 3.30pm and 7pm where residents can meet with members of health board staff involved with the project and join in the discussions.
There will be a brief presentation at 4pm, repeated at 6pm, as well as printed information and a questionnaire form that people can use to put forward their views.
The leaflets and questionnaires will also be available at Borough Grove Clinic and in local GP practices during that week. In addition, comments can be sent in, by email, to FlintResourceCentre@ wales.nhs.uk before the end of March.
A further workshop will then take place on Thursday, April 3.