The £4.9m purpose-built facility will provide more services closer to people’s homes, reducing the need for patients to travel out of the area to major hospitals and the number of inpatient hospital admissions.
The Minister said the centre, being built with funding from the Welsh Government, will provide exactly the kind of service she hopes will be available to people across Wales in future.
Based at the former Brynhyfryd Care Home site, the new centre will bring together services provided by Powys Local Health Board and Powys County Council.
Services provided by the centre will include:
- 12 new en-suite rooms;
- Extended community nursing hours into the evening to enable more support in people’s homes;
- Physiotherapy and occupational therapy helping people to remain at home after illness;
- Faster access to social care services for people in urgent need at home;
- ‘Hospice at home’ services, working with other sectors.
Lesley Griffiths said:
“Together for Health, the Welsh Government’s vision for the NHS is based on providing more community services closer to home, alongside specialist centres of excellence, which give better results for patients.
“The new service in Builth Wells is a shining example of greater integration between health and social services, which is also one of the key aims of Together for Health.
“The new centre has been developed in discussion with the local community and it will transform health and social care for the area. I look forward to visiting again once patients are benefiting from the hugely improved services.”
Powys County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Rosemarie Harris said:
“We are delighted with the excellent progress of this innovative project. Work is on well on schedule and we hope to see the facility up and running by spring next year. The centre work is a flagship project for Powys and is already attracting considerable interest from other parts of Wales.”