Community Leaders are calling on Denbighshire County Council and Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to work together and bring a recently vacated school site in Ruthin into community use as a health and social care centre for Ruthin and the wider area.
The old Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhost Street Schools were vacated over Easter following the opening of a new school site on Glastir. The land borders onto Ruthin Hospital. Plaid Cymru Councillors have called on organisations to work together to bring the old school sites into use as a health and social care hub.
Plaid Cymru Cllr. Eryl Williams said, “Following the relocation of Rhos Street and Pen Barras schools to an exiting new development on the Glasdir site, we can make full use of the Rhos Street site – which is adjacent to our hospital – to transform health and social care in the area. Working in partnership, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Denbighshire County Council could develop an integrated health and social care centre for Ruthin and the area. We need more respite care in this part of DenbighshireThis would give the area a health facility fit for the twenty-first century, and allow local vulnerable people who require care to have it provided within their community.
Ruthin Town Councillor Ifan Wyn said, “There’s an opportunity to develop something here which would benefit the people of Ruthin and the wider area. The old school sites should be used for community benefit, and not to allow housing developers to make a profit from large housing developments. Health services need to be closer to the patients, and developing this site as a step-up step-down centre would be a great addition to the hospital.”
Assembly Member Llyr Gruffydd said, “We welcome the investment that is being put into Ruthin Hospital . We’ve long called for the Health Board to expand the hospital’s car park. Denbighshire County Council and the Health Board should work together to develop a wider provision of health and social care on this site for the benefit of Ruthin and the wider area.”