A NEW health and community wellbeing centre is set to launch in Ammanford.

The centre, at the old Tegfan Residential Home site, in Arthur Street, will bring a number of facilities under one roof for residents.

It is a result of work by the Amman and Gwendraith GP cluster, Carmarthenshire County Council and the Hywel Dda Health Board.

GP services will be joined by community nursing, mental health services, and other facilities.

Brynteg Surgery and Margaret Street surgeries are involved in the plans.

Dr Darren Smith, from Brynteg Surgery, said the new facility was a fantastic opportunity for the town.

He said: “It is a once in a generation chance to do this. The hope is that we can put all health and social care under one roof.

“Our community is becoming increasingly frail, and when that happens, you find people’s requirements become multi-faceted. It is not just one thing that is a problem, it is a combination of things. So having all these services under one roof, easily accessible will be a huge benefit to them.

“We are looking to secure more services on top of what we already have as well. For example, we would like to have a skin cancer surgery there, which would stop people having to travel to and from hospitals.”

Tegfan has been empty for the last two years, since Carmarthenshire County Council stopped running the residential home from the site.

Refurbishment work is still being carried out, but it is hoped the site will be complete by June.

Dr Smith added: “It is an ambitious project. We feel this is the way forward in terms of social care.

“We are hopeful that with continued support it can be a big success.”