PLANS are in the pipeline for a new integrated health care centre in the Llandysul area similar to the one currently being built in Cardigan.

No firm details are yet available from Hywel Dda health board with the proposed project very much in its early stages.

However, health officials are aware of the impact of the closure of the Teifi Surgery in Llandysul in January this year which saw 6,000 patients re-allocated to different GPs across the area.

This was followed soon after by a further 4,000 patients having to find new GP services after the closure of Ashleigh Surgery in Cardigan.

Hywel Dda county director for Ceredigion, Peter Skitt, revealed in a meeting with Ceredigion county councillors that Llandysul could be next in line for an all-new integrated care centre.

“The health board is committed to delivering integrated services as close to people’s homes as possible across a broad spectrum of community, acute, ambulatory and extended care,” he told the Tivyside.

“In Ceredigion, two integrated care centre developments at Aberaeron and Cardigan are currently underway and on course to be completed later this year.

“We are also developing a business case to providing similar joined-up services in Llandysul for residents in the south of the county, recognising recent changes to GP access at Teifi Surgery and the wider needs of the local population.

“As this is still in the early stages we are unable to comment further at this stage. However more details will be shared with the public when they become available.”

Cardigan’s new £23.8m integrated care centre (ICC) at Bathhouse Road is scheduled to open in December, with access to minor injury, GP practices, x-ray and out-patient clinics.

CICC will also feature community resource teams (CRT), therapies, social care and access to mental health teams.