Welsh first minister praises Llangollen health centre staff

Health centre staff were praised for their efforts during the Covid pandemic by the Welsh first minister in his visit to Mid Wales this week.

Ken Skates and Mark Drakeford in Llangollen
Ken Skates and Mark Drakeford in Llangollen

Mark Drakeford visited Llangollen this week and joined candidate for Clwyd South, Ken Skates, to talk to GPs and centre manager Tessa Orton-Jones.

The health centre was built on the site of the former River Lodge building on the banks of the River Dee from £5 million of Welsh Government funding.

Mr Drakeford said: “It was wonderful to be back in Llangollen today and to speak to staff at the health centre, who have all played such an important part in the success of the vaccination roll-out in Clwyd South.

"I know Ken is proud to have helped deliver this facility for local people and extremely proud of its staff, so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to thank them for their incredible efforts during the pandemic.”

Mr Skates, said: “Like the surgery in Chirk, Llangollen Health Centre was opened during Mark’s period as Health Minister. It was great to have him back hereto hear from our local team about their experiences over the past 12 months and the key role they have played in keeping us safe.

“The feedback I have had about the vaccination roll-out in the Llangollen area has been excellent, and that’s testament to the team here. They have also done an excellent job of communicating with patients and keeping them updated, which has been really important.”

As part of his re-election campaign, Mr Skates has pledged to help deliver further improvements to local health facilities. He has been at the forefront of the campaign for a new health centre for Cefn Mawr,which recently saw Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board identify a preferred site for the facility.

He was also involved in the campaign for the redevelopment of Corwen Family Practice and has worked alongside patients pushing for a new facility in Hanmer.

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