Fears over closure of Trinant GP’s surgery
3:10pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
TRINANT could be left without a doctor’s surgery following a spate of problems that have led to its sudden closure on a number of occasions, fears a local councillor.
Councillor Keith Lloyd said concerns over the condition of Trinant Medical Centre and difficulties attracting GPs to cover shifts there have meant patients having to travel to Abernant Surgery, Abertillery, at short notice.
Problems at the centre include sewerage issues and a poor state of repairs, with Cllr Lloyd concerned that the Aneurin Bevan Health Board may decide to close it.
He said: “Over many years, because of the problem of finding doctors to cover the practice, and the poor state of the building, the surgery is often closed. Patients have to travel to the main practice at Abernant Surgery, Abertillery.
“I wrote a letter to Aneurin Bevan Health Board in March, expressing my concerns about the deterioration of the practice at the surgery.
“Patients are concerned that the surgery has been closed on a number of occasions.”
Cllr Lloyd said a new site should be found in the village rather than regularly closing it and expecting locals to travel around five miles to Abertillery.
He added: “Patients are asked to visit the main surgery at Abertillery. But this is completely unacceptable.
“The health board said that there is a national shortage of doctors in Wales, which means it is difficult for practices to find suitably qualified locums to cover holiday and sick leave.”
However, despite his concerns, a spokesman from the Aneurin Bevan Healthboard said: “The health board has not received an application to close the branch practice which operates from Trinant.”
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