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Health Board ‘unable to open’ Grove Road Health Centre.

A blood test clinic Wrexham has been forced to temporarily close due to staff shortages.

The Grove Road Health Centre, located just outside of the city centre, is one of three blood test clinics available locally – however it is the only one with direct parking outside.

However patients with pre-booked appointments at Grove Road have instead been sent to alternative sites at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Although still active on the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the online booking system for Grove Road is unable to take new appointments.

Gill Harris, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Integrated Clinical Services, said: “Due to a combination of clinic space, staff shortages and COVID-19 staff absence we are unable to open Grove Road at this time.

“We are directing patients to book appointments via the online booking form and the phone lines to Wrexham Maelor Hospital Red Cross cabin, opposite the Pathology Laboratory, where we have additional staffing, flexibility and offer daytime and evening appointments.

“Blood test appointments will be available again in Grove Road when we able to increase staffing levels there and clinic space.

“We will continue to keep our patients informed and work close with the primary care teams in the area and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.”

One local resident highlighted to Wrexham.com that the online booking system has not been updated with information, “It just looks like fully booked as no free spaces. Some people might think I will wait until January when more slots will appear.”

At the time of writing two days were bookable on the system for Grove Road from now until the end of January, with no extra information for users.