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Temporary closures at GP practice in crisis town

A GP surgery in Wrexham has announced it will close temporarily on 12 days throughout July and August, due to GP staffing issues.

Alyn Family Doctors, which serves almost 13,000 patients, is under threat after announcing the temporary closure of one its three sites in Wrexham.

On its website, it states Gresford Health Centre will be closed on 12 separate days in July and August due to a ‘shortage of doctors’.

Wrexham has seen threats of practice closures in recent years, thanks to growing GP shortages.

Last year, Alyn Family Doctors announced an application of a transfer of services to its other two sites, Llay Health Centre and Rossett Surgery.

A Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson said the board was aware of the challenges facing the practice and are supporting the surgery with a multidisciplinary team.

They said: ‘While Alyn Family Doctors is a not a Health Board managed practice, we are aware of the challenges faced and are supporting it to ensure all patients have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals to relocate services from Gresford to Llay and Rossett.

‘We are also working with GP partners to develop a ‘Community Hub’ in Gresford where a multi-disciplinary team can meet with other agencies to discuss and assess the needs of the patient in the community.

‘We are aware of the planned closures in Gresford in the coming weeks and we will continue to hold meetings with our GP partners to discuss and facilitate a sustainable way forward.’

Welsh GP practices are also facing delays of at least six-months to switch to new IT systems.