As plans for Cardigan Integrated Resource Centre develop, Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged a public drop-in session for members of the public to have a look at the plans and ask questions about the new development.

The event will take place in the Guildhall, Cardigan on Wednesday 23 July 2014 from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm. There will be a display of information stands, together with representatives from a range of services to help people understand the new model of care for Cardigan and the surrounding areas.

The University Health Board will also have an information stand at this year’s Cardigan Agricultural Show on Wednesday 30 July.

The new model of care is designed to provide enhanced community services and care closer to home, in line with the University Health Board’s strategy to improve patient outcomes through the delivery of safe and sustainable services.

The new facility in Cardigan will be a purpose built Integrated Resource Centre to provide patients and clients with easy access to modern, integrated health and social care services in high quality, fit for purpose premises. It will offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to support the provision of high quality care to the local population and will incorporate a full range of community health and social care services together with voluntary services.

In preparation to the new service developments, if patients require inpatient care the University Health Board has commissioned spaces in two south Ceredigion nursing homes for up to six weeks. If additional beds are needed then we have the ability to commission other placements to meet the needs of the community. During this time, the patient will continue to be assessed and reviewed to determine whether ongoing nursing care is required. We continue to have access to joint care beds (provided in partnership with the Local Authority) in the south Ceredigion area for a period of up to 4 weeks whilst intensive reablement and assessments are undertaken.

The Outline Business Case for the development is due to be submitted to the Welsh Government at the end of July 2014.