Work begins on new £14m health centre and community hub in Cardiff

The Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa will serve patients of Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn from October 2022

WORK on a new health centre providing a “one-stop-shop” for health services, education and advice is set to begin on Monday.

The Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa, Llanedeyrn, will build on the existing services provided by the local authority and voluntary sector at the Powerhouse Hub, incorporating the Llanedeyrn Health Centre to deliver a range of services in one location.

The Welsh Government is investing £14m in the project, with construction originally set to begin last summer.

“Our £14m investment will help improve access to a range of healthcare services closer to home for people living in Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn,” said Health Minister Vaughan Gething.

The Wellbeing Hub will house a range of specialised health clinics including support services for children and younger people, antenatal care and counselling.

It will also replace Llanedeyrn’s antiquated health centre.

For councillor Emma Sandrey, a Welsh Liberal Democrat for Pentwyn, regeneration is long overdue.

“The old health centre is so dilapidated, it’s such an old building,” she said.

Ms Sandrey has been registered at Llanedeyrn Health Centre her whole life. With the recent redevelopment of the surrounding area, she says that the health centre now sticks out like a sore thumb.

She added: “You’ve got this really old, almost crumbling building. People who work in it are great but I think even they would admit that the building is way past its best.”

The new centre will house a range of specialised health clinics including support services for children and younger people, antenatal care and counselling, alongside primary healthcare services.

It’s part of a long-term drive to provide health and social care services closer to home.

“The Council’s Community Hubs programme has joined up service provision and partnership working in priority neighbourhoods at its heart,” said Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities Lynda Thorne.

“I’m delighted to see these principles being extended further, to enhance services at the Powerhouse and further contribute to the regeneration of the Maelfa area for the community.”

Dr Roger Morris from Llan Healthcare said, “The partners and staff at Lan Healthcare are delighted and really excited about the new Wellbeing Hub in Llanedeyrn. It will provide modern healthcare facilities to address the needs of the local population, including patients with disabilities.”

“The integration with other local services will allow us to enhance the high quality patient care offered by Lan Healthcare. The integrated areas including the café and community facilities will provide an attractive and welcoming environment for our patients and staff.”