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Councillor urges residents to contact health board about planned closure of Gresford surgery

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, Jun 25th, 2018.

The councillor for Gresford is urging local residents make their voices heard about a proposed closure of a health centre ahead of a crucial meeting next week.

In April Alyn Family Doctors, who also operate surgeries in Llay and Rossett, announced plans to ‘transfer the GP services’ of the Gresford surgery to its other two sites.

A statement issued by Alyn Family Doctors at the time explained: “We are sorry to announce that we are applying to the Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board to consider a proposal to transfer all GP services at Gresford health centre to Rossett Surgery and Llay Health Centre.

“Apart from location your services will be unaffected and likely enhanced. We feel this change is required to secure long term sustainable and viability of the practice and to maintain a safe, effective and quality service.”

The announcement has been met with concerns from local residents, who fear the decision will have a serious impact on elderly patients and those unable to travel; along with additional pressures on the other two surgeries.

Now Gresford Councillor Andrew Atkinson is urging local residents to raise their concerns with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board about the proposals ahead of a “crucial meeting” on July 2nd.

Cllr Atkinson said: “The Community Health Council have informed me that they are informed that the practice will be making an application to the Health Board Panel that will be meeting on the 2nd July to gain approval to move ahead with their plans, which involve Gresford Health Centre patients having to travel to Llay and Rossett.

“Please do keep up the contact with the health board and ask them to consider all other options and forms of support.

“The health council are preparing their report which they say includes an exceptional number of objections and reference to the public meeting, and I thank residents for their support with both.”

The health board can be contacted by email at BCU.WrexhamGPServices@wales.nhs.uk

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