Local Councillors have raised concerns over the future of GP services in their area following the news that the wider area’s main surgery has been put up for sale – with vacant possession possible from January 1st.
Local residents previously expressed concern about the provision of primary care in the Brymbo and Southsea area following a decision by the local practise to end their contract on 31st December – as we reported in June.
Despite assurances by the Health Board that services would continue following that date, the situation has been complicated following news that the existing GP surgery building at Forge Road is being advertised for sale through a local estate agent.
Councillor Paul Rogers who represents Brymbo and Tanyfron Ward has made representations to the Health Board and local Welsh Assembly Members stressing the need to maintain the existing level of service in both Brymbo and Southsea, he has also called on the Health Board to be transparent with their proposals for the area: “The situation facing patients in the Brymbo and Broughton area is very worrying and I have written to the Health Board and local Assembly Members urging them to clarify their position and also to commit to maintaining the current level of health services currently being delivered in both villages Brymbo and Southsea as a minimum”
“Neighbouring Councillors Alan Edwards, Beverley Parry-Jones and Nigel Williams in the Broughton Community are also raising concerns on behalf of local residents on this issue.”
“I am aware the Health Board are considering options for investment in the area however it is vital that there is transparency around these proposals and proper consultation around future provision of GP and primary services in our area”
Councillor Beverley Parry-Jones who represents the Bryn Cefn Ward which adjoins Forge Road surgery said: “The situation regarding the practise at Forge Road is very concerning for local residents. It is vital that the Health Board end this worry for local residents and protect these front line GP services in Brymbo and Southsea”
The listing on KentJones.co.uk states “The building is suited to a number of alternative uses such as a children’s day nursery without the necessity of any additional planning consents.”
Any buyer around the £400,000 mark would get the freehold for the property with vacant possession possible ‘after the 1st January 2018’.
Pictures via the listing on Kent Jones.