Campaigners were out and about today (Sunday, June 8) collecting signatures for a petition to save a Sandfields surgery from closing down.
Lysmeddyg Surgery in the Sandfields has been put up for sale by its retiring owner, Dr Patel, and its 1600 patients are being transferred to already overcrowded practices.
Patients were not informed of the impending closure and only learned of the move when they saw the sale of the premises advertised. The surgery is due to close on July 16th.
Campaigners have launched an online petition and are also collecting signatures door-to-door in the area today.
Richard Dare, who attends the clinic every month for his MS, has helped launch a petition and a campaign to keep the surgery open and save four jobs.
Mr Dare wrote on the petition: “The nearest surgery is a local resource centre that is already busting at the seams and a waiting list of two weeks or more to be seen… car parking for patients is already exhausted as people have to use the local supermarket car park.”
Protesters posting on the campaign facebook page said:
“Our health should be about personal choice and the powers that be should put a bit of effort in for us to keep this simple basic liberty. I am sure it would take very little effort on their part to keep Dew Road surgery open and functioning as a reliable and dependable practice trusted and counted on by so many.”
“At present I ring in the morning and have an appointment the same day. Where they wish to transfer me and my family to they have to wait up to two weeks for an appointment.”
“The car park at the Baglan complex is too small for the capacity of people that already go to the various surgeries, never mind an additional 1600 patients.”
A spokesman for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said Dr Patel gave three months’ notice of his retirement in April.
“The health board had to ensure cover for his 1,600 or so patients from the end of July. Some of the four practices in Port Talbot Resource Centre did express interest in taking over his list — but not the surgery building,” he said.
He added that the board felt it was in the best interest of patients to to reallocate patients between the four practices in the Resource Centre.
You can sign the petition here http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-our-surgery-save-four-jobs-llysmeddyg-surgery-sandfields-port-talbot.html
For more information see the campaign facebook page here