Work gets under way on £4.5m Blaenavon health centre
6:32am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
WORK has begun on a £4.5 million project that is set to transform health services for the people of Blaenavon.
By next autumn, the long-proposed Blaenavon Primary Care Resource Centre will have become a reality, housing a GP surgery, pharmacy, dental services, a range of therapies, community nursing, health visiting, and screening services.
The aim is to provide state-of-the-art facilities for primary care, with the town’s Carreg Wen Surgery moving into the centre, and its completion will mean residents will be able to get a range of health services under one roof.
The town has lost its old health centre, which was sorely in need of replacement, and there is a longstanding need for modern GP premises.
Dr Wayne Lewis, lead GP for Carregwen Surgery said: “We are excited to be moving to modern premises that will allow us to deliver first class primary care services to the people of Blaenavon.”
Welsh Government money is funding the centre, which forms part of an £18 million community campus, which will be delivered by Aneurin Bevan Health Board and Torfaen council.
The campus will be Gwent’s first fully integrated facility providing health services, council services including social care, police, leisure and educational services from one site.
Already in place on the campus site, off the town’s Middle Coed Cae Road, is a 130-place nursery, the 450-place Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School, and leisure facilities.
The campus will also provide access to a council customer care centre, police, community safety advice and advocacy services.
The steel frame for the primary care resource centre is being built and the building itself is expected to be watertight by the end of April.
A ceremony to mark the start of work on the primary care resource centre was described by Torfaen council leader Bob Wellington as a “milestone for one of the region’s most innovative public services projects.”
“I’m sure everyone in Blaenavon shares my delight that work has started and we all look forward to seeing a modern, first class facility delivering high quality public services on people’s doorsteps,” he said.
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