A HEALTH centre that will provide a rural town with six refurbished GP clinical rooms and two new dental surgeries has officially opened.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) chairman Mark Polin visited the centre on Friday, November 30 to unveil the new centre, which opened its doors to patients in early October.

The Corwen Health Centre features the refurbished GP clinical rooms and two new dental surgeries which will offer nearby services for some of south Denbighshire’s most vulnerable patients.

The health centre is led by an advanced nurse practitioner and GP supported, providing primary medical health care in Corwen.

The BCUHB’s district nurses, health visitors and a physiotherapy service are also based at the revamped health centre.

One of the new GP rooms will be prioritised for training doctors and medical professionals.

The rooms provide significantly more space than the previous surgery, as well as additional resource for caring for cardiology patients.

The dental surgeries, named the Corwen Dental Service, will provide dedicated care for a range of vulnerable groups, including children, patients with learning disabilities, people with challenged mobility, and patients with complex medical needs.

Mr Polin said: “In September 2017, the Health Board made a commitment to ensure this community had access to significantly improved GP, dental and health services.

“Just over a year later, we can take great pride in completion of a development which will support the delivery of primary care services to the people of Corwen and South Denbighshire.

“Thanks to this development, we have been able to significantly expand on the dental services available in town.

“It also means that the town’s GP practice has the space and facilities to continue its outstanding work caring for the local population.”

Construction work on the development was carried out by Oswestry-based building contractor Pave Aways.

Corwen GP Dr Graham Thomas said: “We now look forward to a new phase in the history of medical and dental health care provision in Corwen.

“This is allowing the Corwen GPs to support our nurses better, to include training of medical students and other health professionals as well as continuing to develop extended services for patients.

“Our newly expanded and enhanced physical facilities should make Corwen a more attractive place for professionals to come and work.”

Sheila Hughes, a member of the health centre’s patient participation group, said: “Patients who have been shown around the Health Centre so far have spoken very positively about the improvements.

“It is good to see that Corwen has caught up with other areas within North Wales in being able to provide a pleasant and modern Health Centre for its patients.

“In addition, the wider range of services and Dental Unit available in Corwen is going to be a great asset.”

The Corwen Health Centre is open from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday and can be contacted by calling 01490 412362.

The health centre also provides an out of hours service from 6.30pm to 8am which is available by calling 0300 123 5566.