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Doors open at brand new health and family centre

WALES' first fully integrated family centre and primary care centre has opened in Swansea.

Mountain View Centre

The brand new state-of-the-art Mountain View Centre in Mayhill will give residents access to expanded children and family services, top class health care as well as courses and activities that will make a real difference to their lives.

It replaces the old and outdated family centre on Mayhill Road and is the new home for the Mayhill GP surgery.

Welsh Government Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans officially opened the complex today and met some of the people who will benefit.

The complex is a partnership between Swansea Council and Swansea Bay University Health Board and has been developed by health and social care specialists Ashley House.

The Welsh Government has contributed £567k to help deliver the family centre element of the project which will include an expanded range of services including parent and toddler groups, after-school clubs, healthy eating and nutrition courses and holiday play schemes.

The impressive new building will also be home to Mayhill Pharmacy while Citizens Advice Bureau and Women's Aid will be running services from the centre. It will also be a base for handyman and other outreach services as well as a foodbank.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "Thousands of children and their families have benefited from the old children's centre over the years and now that the service has moved into these new modern surroundings The Mountain View Family Centre will ensure even more will get a great start to life.

"This is yet another great example of Swansea Council working with our partners at Swansea Bay University Health Board and the Welsh Government, together with the private sector, for the benefit of Swansea residents.

"I'd urge all residents in Mayhill to call in over the coming weeks because they will find the high quality services and facilities here, which are all under one roof, will be of great benefit whatever their age."

Swansea Bay University Health Board Chairman, Professor Andrew Davies, said: "I am particularly delighted to see this community health centre opening.

"Mayhill was at the heart of my constituency when I was the Assembly Member for Swansea West. I know this new health centre has long been the ambition of the local community, and it has been a personal ambition of mine too.

"Through the collaborative efforts of the health board and local authority we have introduced a new way of providing services by bringing them together in a state-of-the-art community hub."

Antony Walters, Chief Executive, of Ashley House plc said: "Ashley House is delighted to have delivered a fully integrated, innovative health and children's centre at Mountain View, which will provide a wide range of services for local patients and residents. We have been pleased to work in partnership with the key parties including R&M Williams who have constructed this much needed complex.

"As a health and social developer we have worked closely with the Welsh Assembly, Health Board, Council, GPs and other stakeholders to ensure that the scheme is modern and practical and will benefit the local community for many years to come."

Rebecca Evans, Welsh Government Minister for Housing and Regeneration, said: "This is a fantastic centre, providing a whole range of services for the local community. Mountain View Health Centre is a great example of how good collaboration can improve services for the people who use them."

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