The public are being asked for their views on the future of Tycroes Surgery, following news that the practice could be closing its doors for good.

An application for its closure has been submitted to the Hywel Dda Health Board by the Margaret Street Practice.

It is understood that both sectors are currently working together to gain an understanding of how its proposed closure will affect patients.

The Tycroes surgery has remained closed since February 2020 as a result of the Covid pandemic, however during this period the building has served as a ‘red site’ for the Amman Gwendraeth GP cluster.

Prior to the pandemic, the branch was used mainly for blood tests.

Since its closure, Tycroes patients have had to use the Margaret Street practice, which is situated some two miles away.

Health officials claim that should the closure take place, patients will benefit from more readily-available appointments at the Margaret Street Practice as well as earlier and later appointments, as staff will no longer be covering both sites.

Before the decision concerning the surgery's closure is undertaken, patients are being urged to take part in an ‘engagement period’ which will run until Friday, June 24.

This can be done by completing a feedback form at surgeries and pharmacies, calling 0300 3038322, (option 4), emailing Hyweldda.Engagement@wales.nhs.uk, or contacting them online via www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk and the My Surgery app.

“GP services are so important to the communities which they serve,” commented vice-chair of Hywel Dda Community Health Council, Dr Barbara Wilson.

"When the health board makes its decision about the future of Tycroes branch surgery, it’s crucial that the public have their say.

“Whether people will support this proposal or oppose it, the CHC will be ensuring that all their views are heard and understood by the health board.”

Patients are reminded that services are also available through local community pharmacies who offer a range of expert services.

Find out more here: https://hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/pharmacy/

Patients will still be able to use the Tycroes Pharmacy and the practice will continue to send all requested prescriptions to the pharmacy.