The new Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog, health and social care centre, officially opened by Welsh Government Health Secretary
The centre for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board provides a focal point to access health, social care, third sector and wellbeing services in the area and also supports the Welsh Government’s vision for providing care in the community and closer to people’s homes.
The new centre now houses Blaenau Ffestiniog GP Practice including an advanced nurse practitioner, pharmacist as well as a dementia day service, palliative care, audiology clinic and learning disability service. It will also play a host to a range of other specialist services including child and adolescent services, a permanent midwifery base and antenatal clinics and community dental accommodation.
Welsh Government Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said:
“Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog social care centre will be crucial to the future health and well-being of the local population of Blaenau Ffestiniog and I was delighted to be at the official opening. This is an important model for primary and community services that we could potentially look to replicate at other facilities in NHS Wales.”
To ensure that the project had a positive impact on the local area and economy all the roof slates came from the Cwt y Bugail Quarry located east of Blaenau Ffestiniog. There is also the historic significance of using local material on this project as slate quarrying and mining is part of the area’s history and so it was important to Anwyl and the Health Board to use authentic local materials.
Anwyl Construction’s Commercial Manager, Simon Rose said:
“We are delighted to have been involved with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on a very significant development for Blaenau Ffestiniog. “The new Health and Wellbeing Centre will not only provide high quality facilities for the area but on a major project like this we always try to use local contractors and supply chains to ensure important employment and investment in the area’s economy. It also demonstrates that we have the construction skills and experience here in North Wales to carry out major projects like this.”
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