Glan Irfon 'Bringing health and social care together'
The Glan Irfon Health and Social Care Centre is the first of its kind in Wales. It is the result of collaborative working between Powys County Council and the Powys teaching Health Board.
Builth Community Hospital was in need of extensive works and finance to keep it open. A decision was made to close the old hospital in favour of building a centre with a new way of delivering health care that is joined with social services. Plans for the integrated facility were developed with close engagement from representatives of the local community, including local GPs, over a number of years.
Construction work on the project started in autumn 2012 and was completed in June 2013 when the facility was handed over to the council and Powys teaching Health Board. It was officially opened by First Minister, Carwyn Jones, who said:
"Created thanks to Welsh Government funding of £5.25 million, the new centre will enable people to receive care in the community close to their homes and is a shining example of linked up health and social services - key commitments of Together for Health, our vision for the NHS in Wales.
"I'm very pleased to have been able to open this state-of-the-art facility today, which will have huge benefits for patients and will prove to be an invaluable resource for the community."
The centre enables people to receive care in the community close to their home, family and friends and is an example of linked up health and social services.
GP's visit the centre daily to see patients in the 12 bed unit from the local surgery that is only a few hundred yards away, and nursing care needs are met by a 24/7 team of NHS nurses.
An in-reaching team of therapists and support workers will provide reablement services to support people to 'get back on their feet' and return home with as much independence as possible.
The unit's 12 beds can be used for up to six weeks for rehabilitation, respite or recuperation following an illness or an accident.
The council's Reablement Team work closely with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to help people maintain independence and return home as soon as possible, able to carry out day to day tasks and remain close to their community.
Watch our films showing experiences of patients that have visited the centre. Hear the views of front line staff who are improving the health and wellbeing of older people in the Builth Wells area.