The Welsh Assembly has backed plans to create a "one-stop family health centre" in Mayhill and Townhill which will provide information on parenting, childcare and benefits as well as offering healthcare services.

Townhill councillor Nick Bradley told local newspaper the South Wales Evening Post that "people in the area had been campaigning for a new health centre for a while" and that centre would provide a lot of good for the 6,000 people who live in one of the most deprived areas of Wales.

Speaking at a Swansea cabinet meeting, where members agreed to explore ways of delivering the scheme with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABM) Health Board, Councillor Nick Tregoning said:

"If we are going to be able to meet some of the difficulties the city is facing, the only way we are going to do it is in conjunction with other people. GPs have retained, quite rightly, a positive view among people in the community and it's quite right we should capitalise on that where we can."

Health chiefs identified the need for a new surgery in Mayhill five years ago, according to a new council report, with the health board now planning to use a third party to build the development along with a £400,000 grant from the Welsh Government for the family centre element.

Posted 10/04/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com