Community services

The proposed health and wellness center will integrate community services

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Artist’s impression of Cross Hands

An ambitious plan for a new health and wellness center in Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, has been submitted to the Welsh Government.

The Hywel Dda University Health Board proposes to improve an integrated network of health and social care services for the Amman Gwendraeth region, which includes the construction of a new health and wellness center.

If approved, the center will provide a base for health and care services to benefit local communities.

Core clinical services will include two local medical practices (Cross Hands and Tumble Medical Partnership and Penygroes Medical Practice), as well as a range of community health services such as midwifery, medical visits, community nursing, therapy services, podiatry and mental health.

These will be complemented by additional supplementary services, such as an integrated early childhood centre, which is a community service for families with children aged 0-12.

There will also be audiology services, a community pharmacy, space for community events, a library and a refreshment area.

Zero carbon

As part of the board of health’s commitment to decarbonization and achieving net zero carbon by 2030, the building design incorporates a range of low/zero carbon technologies.

These include the installation of photovoltaic panels, aerothermal heat pumps, as well as the provision of charging stations for electric vehicles.

Rhian Matthews, Hywel Dda UHB Integrated System Manager for Carmarthenshire, said: “This exciting plan demonstrates the importance of providing services as close to home as possible.

“This Business Case (OBC) for Cross Hands Health and Wellness Center is an ambitious plan which will not only be an asset to Cross Hands but will benefit Carmarthenshire as a whole.

“This is the first OBC to be presented to the Welsh Government since we submitted our Program Business Case (PBC) earlier this year.

“Our PBC aims to secure a scale of investment never seen before in West Wales, to deliver our health and long-term care strategy ‘Healthier Mid and West Wales’ : our future generations live well.”

Subject to Welsh Government approval, the planning process and the construction phase, the new center would be built alongside the A48 and the new Cross Hands business park. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2025.

The full business case for Cross Hands Health and Wellness Center is available here.

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