THE FUTURE of Solva Surgery is under review after the resignation of the General Medical Services Contract by the current GP Partner Dr Dhaduvai from March 31 2023. This follows her decision to retire in the Spring.
The Surgery currently serves approximately 2,500 patients, and is a prescribing practice, providing medication for its own patients.
A community engagement event called by Solva Community Council on January 12 saw 120 people from Solva and the surrounding area discuss innovative ideas on how Solva’s GP service could be configured in the future. The meeting was chaired by Ifor Thomas, Chair, Solva Community Council and the discussion was moderated by Sue Denman, interim chair of the Future of Solva Surgery Working Group.
The clear consensus in the meeting was that it is crucial to preserve the GP service in Solva. There was also consensus that this is an important opportunity to strengthen the primary care offering for Solva, the wider St Davids Peninsula, and for visiting guests, by providing both health and social care services to support the community, and by integrating and coordinating with preventative activities.
Sue Denman was elected the Chair of Save Solva Surgery Working Group on January 19 2023. She is passionate about community development and its role in equality and wellbeing. She helped to set up the thriving older people’s social support Charity, Solva Care; is a Trustee of the Charity; and chairs the local Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Group.
She founded Together for Change, which works in partnership with other organisations to generate and share knowledge about communities for people centred decision making.
Sue has a background in public health, spanning policy, research and practice. She is Professor Emeritus of R&D Policy at the Medical School, Cardiff University.
Sue said: “The attendance numbers at the meeting are a testament to how invested the community is in our surgery. This is a real opportunity to shape our health and social care provision for the future and to create a wellbeing hub, bringing together primary care, alternative therapies, healthy activities and support services.”
Ifor Thomas said: “A second community meeting will take place at Solva Memorial Hall on Tuesday 7 February from 5.30 PM – 7.30 PM. We look forward to working with Hywel Dda University Health board (HDUHB) to save this important community resource.”