Questions for Health Board over surgery closure

South Wales Central AM has demanded action from Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board, after a decision was taken to close a popular GP surgery.


Newborough Avenue surgery is located in the Llanishen are of the city – but is set to relocate to Gabalfa – some 3 miles away.


Residents are concerned that the new location will be unsuitable for those without access to a car – including several elderly and disabled people.


Questions have also been asked about a lack of consultation – with a large number of local people unaware the closure was under consideration.


Mr Davies has written to Health Board Chief Executive – Len Richards – in which he has expressed these concerns – and requested steps be taken to “ensure adequate replacement provision is made available in the Llanishen area”.


Mr Davies said, “Residents rely on their local GP services – so there are deep concerns that Newborough Avenue Surgery is set to move to a new location over 3 miles away.


“This is no good for people who don’t have access to a car – including many elderly, young and disabled people.


“This was done without a proper full and proper consultation – and the Health Board have questions to answer on that.


“I have therefore written to the Chief Executive demanding a full explanation into the decision.


“It is vital no one loses out as a result of the closure – and replacement services must be made available in the Llanishen area.”