CALL FOR NEW MED­I­CAL FA­CIL­ITY

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

CALLS for a new med­i­cal hub to serve a ru­ral Gwynedd com­mu­nity were made at a pub­lic meet­ing of more than 100 peo­ple.

Ar­fon AM Siân Gwen­l­lian called the meet­ing at Peny­groes to dis­cuss fu­ture med­i­cal pro­vi­sion in the Dyf­fryn Nantlle area, which is now served by only two GP prac­tices.

Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board says it recog­nises there is a need for a mod­ern health fa­cil­ity in the area, which in­cludes Peny­groes, Llan­l­lyfni, Talysarn, Nantlle, Nebo, Rhostry­fan and Rhos­gad­fan, and is con­sid­er­ing var­i­ous op­tions.

Ms Gwen­l­lian said: “The meet­ing is be­ing held at the re­quest of elec­tors in Dyf­fryn Nantlle.

“They are ea­ger to see new med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the val­ley and point to the new pro­vi­sion in Caernar­fon, Felin­heli, Bethesda and other places nearby.

“They are aware of the new pro­vi­sion be­ing planned for Waun­fawr, which I have been suc­cess­fully pur­su­ing with the health board since be­ing elected in 2016.

“The meet­ing has been or­gan­ised so that lo­cal peo­ple can in­form us as elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of their wishes.

“So as not to raise false ex­pec­ta­tions about any po­ten­tial new fa­cil­i­ties, I wrote to the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board in June and re­ceived an an­swer last month say­ing the health board sup­ports the need for a new build­ing for the present GPs and pos­si­bly other com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in the area.

“He went on to say that of­fi­cers from the health board have had nu­mer­ous meet­ings with Grwp Cyn­fein to see if there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for bring­ing other stake­hold­ers into the project in the area.

“There are no guar­an­tees of course, and this meet­ing is an ini­tial one or­gan­ised by lo­cal Plaid Cymru elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to air the views and as­pi­ra­tions of the com­mu­ni­ties of Dyf­fryn Nantlle.”

Wyn Thomas, the health board’s as­sis­tant area di­rec­tor of pri­mary care in the west, said: “We recog­nise there is a need for a mod­ern health fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­ni­ties of Dyf­fryn Nantlle that could ac­com­mo­date the cur­rent GP prac­tices and other ser­vices.

“The health board has been in dis­cus­sions with Grwp Cynefin to see if there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for a joint project that would support the health needs and the wider needs of the com­mu­nity.”

■ Over 100 peo­ple at­tend a meet­ing to dis­cuss the med­i­cal needs of the Dyf­fryn Nantlle area

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