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FlintFebruary 22 2016

A £25 million health and care centre has officially opened in Ballymena, the largest to date in Northern Ireland.

Situated on the Braid Valley Hospital site, the health and care centre occupies two and a half floors. It will include six GP Practices as well as a mix of locally accessible acute, primary and community care services. In addition to a mental health consultation wing there will also be a separate children’s wing for all child associated assessments and clinics. Dental services will also be provided from the centre.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton said the centre “will enable the local community to receive the best possible healthcare and will provide accessible, local, integrated services from a modern one stop facility.

“We are all aware of the pressures on our hospital services. The core vision of Transforming Your Care is to deliver care closer to people’s homes and reduce unnecessary hospitalisation. I believe if we want to continue to offer quality, sustainable and safe services into the future, we have to continue to develop new ways of working. This new centre will support us in achieving this goal.”

Meanwhile, the Welsh Government has announced £5 million will be invested in a new integrated health and social care centre in Flint, North Wales. It will accommodate two of the town’s GP practices, community clinics, community dental services, occupational therapy and social services, as well as providing a base for district nurses and health visitors.

The centre will also allow a number of new services to be provided in Flint, “including physiotherapy assessment, adult community mental health and a range of consultant-led clinics providing diagnosis, review and prescribing for patients who would otherwise be seen in hospital; these clinics will be supported by telemedicine technology.”

The new centre will provide local access to a range of third sector information and advice services, including strengthened provision for carers groups and services, said the Welsh Government. The centre will be adjacent to 73 extra care apartments, being built by Pennaf Housing Association in partnership with Flintshire Council. When completed in the autumn of 2018, the apartments will include a range of accommodation for high and lower-level need, including for people with dementia.

Flint
The proposed development in Flint, North Wales

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