Options for services in Cardigan’s new integrated care resource centre, including beds in the community, have taken a step closer to being agreed.

In an appraisal of options for the new facility by stakeholders and University Health Board representatives, the highest ranked option was for an integrated care centre, with enhanced community services and a mixture of beds in the community with care provided by a multi-disciplinary team.

Hywel Dda health board claims that the new resource centre will provide a ‘new and modern healthcare service’ for the people of Cardigan and the surrounding areas, bringing care closer to home and in the community.

Plans include a wide range of integrated health and social care services, which will be delivered by the local health board, local authority, third sector and partner organisations.

This recent option appraisal is part of an ongoing process to identify the option to be taken forward and was carried out by representatives of the Project Board and Stakeholder Group.

Options were scored against a range of criteria, including access to services, improving clinical quality of services, sustainability, environmental quality and flexibility for the future.

Project Director Sue Lewis said: “We are continuing to make good progress in moving this project forward. Together with our key stakeholders, we have considered options for the new integrated care centre in Cardigan and now further work will take place to inform the Outline Business Case and confirm the preferred option.

“The University Health Board will continue to update stakeholders, staff and the public of progress as we move forward.”