Plans for an ambitious £4m primary and community care centre in Mountain Ash will be unveiled at a public exhibition on December 5.
The community is invited to attend the event to have their say on the plans and ask any questions of health board team and architects who will be available to explain the proposals.
The public information day will take place from 11am till 7pm at the Cynon Valley Indoor Bowls Centre, Dyffryn Road, Mountain Ash CF45 4DA, on December 5 where the public will also be able to see the latest architect’s drawings for the building.
The purpose built facility will become the modern home for the two local GP practices, Cynon Valley Medical Centre and Rhos House Surgery, as well as a range of services delivered by District Nurses and Health Visitors.
It will also be the site for the delivery of community, third sector and public health activities as well as a training centre.
The centre will form part of an overall network of service delivery, linked to the Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, neighbouring practices within the cluster of South Cynon and the new community hub.
It will replace ageing surgery buildings at existing GP surgeries which are no longer fit for purpose, with some services for the combined patient populations of 10,500 delivered from temporary buildings.
Cwm Taf University Health Board worked hard to secure funding for the project which was approved by the Welsh Government at the beginning of the year.
The new primary care centre will provide an environment suitable for the delivery of safe, modern day sustainable services and help to improve the recruitment and retention of skilled multi professional primary and community staff.
Primary care has changed and GPs no longer work in isolation but as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The facility will bring other healthcare professionals together to support GPs and patients.
Facilities will include a health education room with baby massage and breast feeding clinic, minor operations room, as well as space for enhanced health and wellbeing services.
It is anticipated that once planning permission and other requirements are met, that work could begin on the site in Mountain Ash in the spring next year.
Allison Williams, chief executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “The health board is excited to be able to make progress with this important development.
“The facilities will greatly improve the services available to the people of Mountain Ash.
“I hope that people will come along to the public event to let us know what they think of the proposals for their new primary and community care centre.
“It is important that they let us know their views so that we can develop the kind of centre that they want for the future.”
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and a representative of the Mountain Ash West ward, added: “I am pleased to see that progress is being made on the delivery of this much-needed facility, which compliments a number of other important developments in the town.
“Having a purpose-built facility will significantly improve the primary care arrangements in Mountain Ash and it will also ensure that the medical needs of residents in the area will be met into the future.
“This event will provide an opportunity for the local community to view the proposals for the new health centre, which will bring state-of-the art medical facilities into the town centre, and I would encourage all local residents to attend.”