News Newyddion Last Update: 10th May, 2013
Glan Irfon Open Days (10/5/13)
Construction of the new Integrated Health and Social Care Centre is nearing completion and public open days are being held on:
Friday 17th May, 3pmó5pm.
Saturday 18th May, 10amó12 Noon.
Come and view all areas of Glan Irfon before it starts to go live later this summer 2013. No booking is necessary and there is plenty of on-site parking.
Glan Irfon is located in Pendre, Builth Wells and is approximately 100 metres further along the road from the Doctors Surgery.
Post Code: LD2 3DG.
Move to an Appointment System on 1st July (26/4/13)
With effect from 1st JULY 2013 our walk in and wait system will discontinue and it will be necessary to book an appointment to see your doctor.
It has become evident over recent months that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed in order that we can continue to provide high quality care and support to all of our patients.
The development of this new model has involved the whole practice team, and also the Local Health Board and Community Health Council. The new model will allow better opportunities to plan and organise daily activity in an efficient way. This will also help us to ensure that patients are seen in a timely manner and the waiting room does not get overcrowded.
We are aware that this will be significant change for our patients but would ask for your support during the implementation period.
To make an appointment there will be a new phone system with a designated option for booking appointments.
You can also call at the surgery in person.
For routine appointments please call after 10.30am.
No Doctor's Note To Cover School Exam Absence (17/4/13)
In line with guidance from "OFQUAL", the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator, we will not be providing notes to cover absence from school examinations due to sickness.
A note from your doctor is not expected, required or taken into account.
NHS "Choose Well" Website (22/3/13)
Check out the NHS "Choose Well" website.
Choose Well will help you decide if you need medical attention if you get sick.
It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used.
There is also a "Choose Well" app for your smart phone.
Surgery Closing Times for the Easter Holiday (17/3/13)
Both Surgeries will be closed:
Good Friday 29/3/13 and Easter Monday 1/4/13 (inclusive).
"Shropdoc" will provide cover at these times.
Surgeries re open as normal on Tuesday 2/4/13
Surgery Closed for Powys Wide GP Training (19/2/13)
As part of a training initiative by Powys Local Health Board, surgeries at Builth and Llanwrtyd will be closed on the afternoon of Thursday 21st, February.
Surgeries close at 1pm and will open again on Friday morning.
All neighboring GP practices will be shut too. This is to allow for a group training session which should lead to improved patient care.
If you need to contact a doctor during this time then telephone Shropdoc on:
08444 06 88 88
For medical emergencies dial 999.
Builth Cottage Hospital Closed to Inpatients Today - (23/1/13)
Builth Cottage Hospital Closes to Inpatients - (14/1/13)
Builth & Llanwrtyd Medical Practice has been informed that Builth Cottage Hospital will close to inpatients from Wednesday 23rd January, 2013. The building will remain open for out patients, nurse clinics and dentistry.
Current inpatients will be transferred to Llandrindod Hospital and come under the care of Age Care consultant Dr Dunn.
We do believe the decision to close Builth Hopsital is precipitous. There are a number of unresolved issues regarding the Builth Project including contracts, nurse cover and social service input.
The Practice has not withdrawn from discussions with Powys LHB. We have made it clear that outstanding issues need resolving before we can agree to their transitional arrangements.
It is hoped that we will be able to take over the care of our patients at Llandrindod Hospital soon. The Practice remains committed to the Builth Project and it is still scheduled to open later this year.
"Builth Cottage Hospital - A Centenary History 1897 to 1997"
Breast Screening in Builth Wells - (3/1/13)
Breast Screening will take place at the Groe Car Park in Builth Wells during January and February 2013. See the link for more details:
Breast Test Wales - Builth Wells
Who is screened:
¶All women of 50 years of age and over are eligible for breast screening.
¶Women aged between 50 to 70 are invited automatically.
¶Women may be 52 years of age by the time they receive their first appointment.
¶Breast Test Wales aims to offer screening every three years.
¶Women aged over 70 are screened on request at intervals of no less than three years.
Thank You - (29/12/12)
A big thank you from Builth & Llanwrtyd Medical Practice to our patients for the generous gifts given this festive season. Your thoughts and kindness are much appreciated.
Seasons Greetings and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all.
Builth Project Update (14/12/12)
We can confirm that the Builth Project is on track.
Negotiations with private providers have not yet been finalised and as such there will be a delay in the opening of the 12 GP beds. This will possibly be as long as September but other facilities within the building should open sooner.
The constructors (Kier) are holding a site open day on 18th December whereby you can have a tour of this exciting construction project. Here is a newsletter (.pdf 1MB) from Kier on the construction of the new Health and Social Care Facility.
A number of important issues have yet to be resolved. Questions remain on the exact role and type of nurses that will care for patients in the Project. Nursing care would be needed both in the Social Care Facility itself and in the community. Powys LHB favours the use of District Nurse supported auxiliary nurses who may come under the employment of a private provider. We disagree and favour fully qualified NHS nurses (present in the Social Care Facility 24 hours a day) working to known LHB standards and protocols and being able to access LHB nurse training and governance. NHS nurses would also be able to integrate with other community hospitals and projects in the wider locality which would help maintain skills and prevent professional isolation.
Discussions are on-going.
As stated before, Builth & Llanwrtyd GPs will continue work to ensure these improved facilities will be properly resourced and result in a dynamic alternative to the care and services currently provided at Builth Cottage Hospital.