Local councillor criticises planned changes to community dental services in Lampeter

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Proposed changes to community dental services and health services provided at a health centre in Lampeter have come under fire from local councillor, Hag Harris.

Cllr Harris, the town mayor, has criticised plans put forward by Hywel Dda University Health Board, stating that it is unfair to expect patients from Lampeter to travel to other towns for treatment. The board has proposed making ‘temporary changes’ to a number of services, which are currently provided at Bro Pedr Medical Centre in Lampeter, including speech and language therapy, community dental services, podiatry clinics, heart failure clinics and paediatric services.

Cllr Harris said that having access to a number of services under one roof and creating a health hub makes it easier for local people to benefit from the services they need. Moving certain clinics and departments will involve some patients having to travel to different towns, which may cause them upheaval. Some of the people who use these services aren’t well, and making it more difficult for them to get the treatment they need can only be a negative thing. Cllr Harris commented that the idea to spread services across Lampeter and the surrounding area “defied logic” and urged the health board to reconsider.

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