North East Wales

AM Ann Jones wants Bodelwyddan's Fairhaven GP practice kept open

Image caption The practice is due to close on 30 April

Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones is leading a campaign to oppose the closure of a community's GP practice.

Health officials are due to shut Fairhaven practice in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, at the end of the month.

However, over 200 people replied to a survey from the AM with 196 saying they want a local service or else they will have to visit GPs in another town.

The local health board said the building in no longer suitable for modern medical services.

Patients will have to use a practice at neighbouring Abergele, five miles away, from 30 April when their practice is due to close.

Mrs Jones said that she was "overwhelmed" by the response to her questionnaire which showed patients' strength of feeling.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) said the request by the Gwrych GP practice in Abergele to close its branch surgery at Bodelwyddan was approved following careful consideration after seeking views from patients and discussions with the community health council.

Mrs Jones said having to travel to Abergele would cause patients difficulty, especially families with young children and elderly people.

'Health inequalities'

She met last week with BCUHB officials to outline the findings of the survey.

"With a mix of older people with increasing needs and young families in need of support we cannot ignore the health inequalities that this could create," she said.

"The health board and GPs need to listen to the people of Bodelwyddan and reverse this decision immediately."

A BCUHB statement said: "Closure was the most appropriate response as the Fairhaven premises are not suitable for the provision of modern medical services.

"The health board is keen to ensure that people living in Bodelwyddan have reasonable and appropriate access to primary care services and will consider any concerns raised regarding access."

The premises are open for three hours a week.

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