Work has now started on a new £10.7m health centre in Bridgend.
Bridgend Health and Wellbeing Centre will be built as part of the Sunnyside Health and Wellness Village development in the town. The Village will encompass general needs and supported housing as well as the health and wellbeing centre. This development is designed to deliver care closer to home, integrating primary and community services in the town centre.
The healthcare centre, due to be completed next autumn, will become home to Bridgend Group Practice, currently located at Ashfield Surgery and Newcastle Surgery, as well as bringing together a range of community services promoting physical and mental health. A wide range of services will be co-locating, including; therapy, mental health, sexual health, community dental and pharmacy services currently being delivered at Quarrella Road and Bryntirion. The building will also allow space for multi-disciplinary teams and third sector organisations, facilitating a joint, partnership approach to providing health and wellbeing services.
Sarah Bradley, Assistant Director for Primary Care at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “This new facility will bring integrated healthcare to the very centre of the community, providing improved access to services, which will support patients and the growing population both now and into the future.”
The development will connect to the Bridgend Life Centre which incorporates a library, community café, wellness service, sports and recreational facilities including provision of a GP exercise referral service linked to Newbridge Fields.
Dr Neil Geraghty, GP at Bridgend Group Practice, said: “We are delighted that work has started on the new health centre. These fantastic new facilities will enable us to continue to work closely with community and third sector services, helping us to continue to provide all round top class care for our patients.”
The development is a partnership between Welsh Government, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Bridgend CBC and Linc Cymru Housing Association and will be built on the site of former Council Offices in Bridgend. Work will be completed by WRW Contractors.