Work has begun on a new £4 million Primary and Community Care Centre in Mountain Ash.
The new purpose-built facility, which is hoped to be completed in 2020-21, will become home to two local GP practices, as well as a range of community services delivered by District Nurses and Health Visitors.
To mark the official start of the works, representatives from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board took part in a ground breaking ceremony today.
The new Mountain Ash Primary Care Centre will replace ageing surgery buildings at existing GP surgeries Cynon Valley Medical Centre and Rhos House Surgery which currently deliver services for around 10,500 patients in the area.
The 1,253 square meter site will provide modern state of the art space for the two practices which will enable a greater range of services to be delivered to patients within a community setting. As well as community led clinics such as Wound Care, the facilities will also provide a health education room for baby massage and breast feeding clinic, minor operations room, as well as space for enhanced health and wellbeing services.
Alan Lawrie, Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health for Cwm Taf Morgannwg said: “We’re delighted that work is starting on this our new Primary Care Centre.
“Primary care has changed in recent years and GPs no longer work in isolation but as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The facility will bring other healthcare professionals together to support GPs, providing a seamless service for patients, carers and users and improving services available to the people of Mountain Ash.”
The needs of the local area have been carefully considered in the planning of the new facility to ensure that services are delivered in a way that is responsive to local needs of patients and service users. Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board held community consultation sessions prior to obtaining planning consent from Rhondda Cynon Taff Council.
Dr Simon Grey, General Practitioner at Cynon Vale Medical Centre said: “We at Cynon Vale Medical Practice are very excited to see this project beginning, and look forward to the benefits the new Primary Care Centre will bring for both our patients and staff. We also welcome the opportunity to work closely with our GP colleagues of Rhos House Surgery as well as the wider Community Team.”
Dr Nicola Mogford from Rhos House Surgery added: “The whole practice are very excited at the development of a new Primary Care Centre in Mountain Ash. This will enable us to continue to improve health care services, provide patient education and enhance our role as a teaching practice, thus future safeguarding medical services in our area for our patients for many years to come.”
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board secured funding for the project which was approved by the Welsh Government in 2017. The project will be delivered by Developer Apollo Capital Project.