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Joint health and social care centre opens at Llanrwst

Llanrwst patients can access many services at the centre
Llanrwst patients can access many services at the centre

A new health and social care centre has opened to serve rural communities in Conwy county.

The joint venture between Conwy County Council and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is Canolfan Crwst in Llanrwst.

It will also help to reduce the need for patients to travel far for care.

The new centre replaces the current community health clinic in Watling Street and will be a base for social care staff.

"We are delighted to see the joint health and social care centre come to fruition in Llanrwst, reflecting the strengthening working partnership between Conwy council and the health board," said Michael Williams, chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

"The whole campus is a tremendous resource for local people, and is a good example of the local authority and health working together to streamline patient care," he added.

CANOLFAN CRWST SERVICES
District nursing
Midwifery
Health visiting
Young people's health advisers
Podiatry
Physiotherapy, speech and language therapy
Orthotics (supports for physical problems)
Adult and older people's mental health services
Child and adolescent mental health services
GP services from the summer of 2010
Source: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Glyn Jones, chair of Conwy council, said the centre provided the "best possible services" to local people.

"Bringing staff together within this purpose built accommodation can only benefit service users - Canolfan Crwst is an excellent addition to the facilities available on this site," he added.

Meanwhile, there are changes at Llandudno General Hospital, with recommendations to turn the hospital into a diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation centre.

A health board spokesmansaid that because of difficulties in recruitment and retention of junior doctors the hospital will not be admitting emergency medical patients whose clinical needs are beyond the agreed safety limits for the hospital.

There will also be no emergency medical admissions after 2200 GMT.

Patients will be assessed by medical staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire.

The minor injuries unit at the hospital will remain open overnight as a nurse-led service and the existing GP out-of-hours service will also remain available.



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