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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Practice will provide awider range of services and facilities New £2m GP centre

ANEW £2 million medical centre will be built to replace twosurgeries in Caerphilly. The Welsh Assembly

Government has approved the building of anew GP surgery

premises to

replace the Nantgarw Road and Trecenyddsur- geries,whichwill be locat-

ed on Beddau Wayin Caerphilly. The newdevelopment

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will be called The Nantgarw Road Medical Practice and will provide a wider range of services and better facilities for patients and staff. The purpose-built building will feature ahealth promo- tion multi- use room, a dedicated minor sur- gery area, baby chang- ing


feeding rooms,and aplayarea.

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There will also be a chemist on the premises so thatadvice and medi- cines willbeavailableat one stop. There are good commu- links

nication from

Caerphillytowncentre to the site,and the surgery will be within short walk- ing distance from abus stop.There will be 37 patient parking spaces. Dr Michael Griffiths

from Nantgarw Road Practice said: “We are pleased that, after long delays, funding and plan-

ning forthe newpremises has finallybeen secured. Work is due to begin on the site this month, with completion expected early in January 2012. The extra space means thatwewill be better abletowork together as one team, offering awider range of medical services and link- ing more smoothlywith other health agencies.We hope all our existing and newpatients will be equal- ly excited by this develop- ment whichensures first class GP services fromthis long-established practice foranother generation to come.”

The surgery will serve

7,100 patients and is part of afivedoctor practice. The Nantgrawpractice is

adetached house built in 1871 whichwas later con- verted forgeneral medical practice.The premises has been in use as apractice since 1936 and has all of the necessary modifica- tions.

There are twobranch surgeries namelythe Trecenyddsurgery which will be part of the newsur- gery and Senghenydd Health Centre in Parc Place Senghenydd, which will not be part of the new build.

Exhibition hailed asuccess

APUBLIC meeting where more than 300 people turned out to see proposals forthe CaerphillyMiners’ Hospital site,has been hailed asuccess. The event gave residents the

chance to find out more about the proposed redevelopment of the Miners in ajoint venture between United Welsh, Lovell and CaerphillyMiners Centre forthe Community. The event let the public see

the plans as exhibition stands surrounding the room, one of whichincluded afly-through whichtook viewers on atour of the proposed site.These plans include retaining the Beeches building foramulti functional community facility. People could also talk to rep- resentatives from eachpart- ner to ask questions about the exhibition. Visitors could also enter acompetition to name the development. The partnership wants to

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wasinplace to retain the Beeches,but through the part- nership working together,the building can be retained as a community facility. Gareth Davies,head of devel- opment at United Welsh said: “The information dayproved to be hugelybeneficial and we

are extremelygrateful to the people thatmade the effort to come along and offer their views to us.” Formore information and to

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