A bright future promised with new Flintshire health centre

Reporter:

Andrew Boyd

A NEW medical centre is promising to provide a bright future and improved health services for Mold’s patients.

Work is currently taking shape on the new Mold Primary Care Centre, which it is hoped will be in operation by next spring and provide improved facilities for more than 8,000 patients.

Yesterday representatives of contractors RL Davies, developers Apollo Capital Project and community leaders gathered at the site off the New Street car park where work has got under way.

The new centre will see two medical practices transfer from the limited accommodation they currently occupy, with medical bosses believing better facilities will be provided by the changes.

Richard Drew, development director for Apollo, said: “This new and long-awaited facility will provide excellent accommodation where the doctors and other practice staff can deliver services to benefit their patients from Mold and the surrounding areas.”

Mold councillor Haydn Bateman believes the new centre represents a big breakthrough for the town.

He said: “I am pleased to endorse this facility which has long been overdue.

“Both doctors and patients of Mold are going to benefit from this investment in this modern surgery and clinics.”

The move will see The Grosvenor Street Practice, also known as Dr Beckett’s Surgery, and The Bradley Practice move into the spacious two-storey practice.

Welcome new facilities will include a minor operations room and a multi-function room suitable for larger group meetings and clinics.

Additional space has also been included to allow for further expansion to accommodate any growth in patient numbers and the introduction of new services.

Both GP practices will retain their own distinct identity, emphasised by the interior design which will be complimented by local art features in the main entrance lobby and waiting areas.

Mike O’Gara, practice manager for Dr Beckett’s Surgery, said the new premises will enable the practice to provide the care and services that its current site cannot.

He added: “We look forward to welcoming our patients to a custom-built, professional healthcare environment.” Vanessa Peters, practice manager for Bradley’s Practice, said she believed the practice had outgrown its surgery on the Griffiths Square car park.

He said: “We need more consulting rooms if we are to deal with the increasing demands made on practices today.

“In addition we will also benefit from administrative expansion so that we can continue to improve access to our patients when we move in.”

Geoff Lang, director of primary care at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said the organisation was delighted that patients would be benefiting from the new
facilities.

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