LEE Waters AM and Nia Griffith MP held a packed public meeting about the future of Llanelli’s Ash Grove Medical Centre on Saturday at the Selwyn Samuel Centre.

Over 90 people attended the meeting, which was held at the request of the surgery’s patients who were alarmed to receive a letter from Hywel Dda Health Board informing them that the Partners of Ash Grove had made the decision to cease providing services from August 2018.

Many patients registered at Ash Grove complained to Llanelli’s AM and MP that the letter was confusing to understand due to its use of jargon. This and fears about the future of the surgery were discussed at the meeting, which was also attended by the Community Health Council.

Although representatives from the Health Board did not attend, Mr Waters and Ms Griffith were able to circulate a pre-prepared briefing from Hywel Dda. This assured patients that Ash Grove will continue to be open and working as normal, and that they are confident of finding a sustainable solution.

Lee Waters AM said: “This was a packed public meeting demonstrating the anxieties that people have over the future of Ash Grove Surgery. Although we were able to pass on what we knew, Hywel Dda should have been there to directly engage.”

“We were able to pass on the reassurances of the Health Board that they are confident that when some of the existing Doctors move on they’ll be able to find replacements”

Nia Griffith MP added: “I’d like to thank the  Community Health Council for joining us at our meeting on Ash Grove surgery, which we held in response to patients’ concerns about the future of this vital GP practice.

“The message from the Health Board is that there is no need for patients to do anything… they are confident they will get new GPs to run Ash Grove. Lee Waters and I will be pushing the Health Board to update patients with any progress on this as soon as possible.

“The Health Board must engage with patients’ concerns and people must not be left in the dark.”

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