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Deputy leader of Flintshire County Council joins fight to save Deeside Medical Centre

FLINTSHIRE County Council’s deputy leader has added his voice to a campaign to save Deeside Medical Centre.

The Shotton health centre, which looks after 5,825 patients, has been run by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) since the retirement of the senior partners last year.

But now many patients are worried their practice will be moved to the new £8m Quay Health Centre off Fron Road, Connah’s Quay, unless suitable doctors are found to take over the practice.

About 2,000 patients have signed a petition campaigning for the centre to remain at its current location.

Public consultation ended last month and a decision is expected to be made later this month.

Northop Hall Cllr Tony Sharps has written to Mary Burrows, chief executive of the health board calling for the health centre to remain open.

He said: “An enormous amount of money has been spent on Deeside Medical Centre improving facilities.”

Patients from Connah’s Quay, Hawarden, Mancot, Queensferry, Garden City, Sandycroft, Sealand and Northop Hall use the facility.

“The council’s new development plan is shortly to be announced for these areas with over 1,000 new homes,” he added. “This alone is a very strong reason for the retention of Deeside Medical Centre.”

Cllr Sharps also raised concerns about increased traffic congestion along the A548 Deeside strip if patients have to travel to Connah’s Quay.