Timetable for restoring Primary Care services in Holyhead urgently needed, says Rhun ap Iorwerth

Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Ynys Mon Rhun ap Iorwerth has called for urgent action as concerns persist about primary care capacity in the Holyhead area.

With the Cambria and Longford Road surgeries having been taken over by the Health Board recently due to a collapse in their services, it’s understood that a shortage of GPs and other key staff are causing problems at the town’s other surgery, too.

Mr ap Iorwerth has remained in regular contact with the Health Board and has been pushing for the creation of a new state-of the art Health Centre for the town and surrounding area. He has asked for the old Woolworths site to be considered, as a site that could be accessible to all and which could bring vibrancy to the town centre, too.

There are also plans to formally merge the Cambria and Longford Road surgeries, in coming months, with services to be spread over the two sites, but the MS has written to BCUHB’s Chairman asking what urgent steps will be taken now to restore services to an acceptable level.

Plaid Cymru MS for Ynys Mon Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

“The problems facing primary care in Holyhead are well known, and I’ve been campaigning for action to ensure health services in the town are rebuilt and are once more fit for purpose. We need a new modern, and sustainable staffed health centre. But what concerns me is that the situation appears to be getting worse, and not better.

“The current pandemic is compounding the problem, and making solutions more difficult to find, but urgent action is needed. Writing to the health board’s Chairman, I have highlighted one particular case of an elderly gentleman whose physical and mental health is deteriorating through being unable to arrange a face-to-face appointment to have his medication reviewed.

“We need a clear timetable from the Health Board detailing what steps they’re taking to restore full primary care provision in Holyhead, and we need it urgently.”