Amman Tawe Partnership awarded permanent medical practice GMS Contract

Hywel Dda University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board are pleased to announce a permanent General Medical Services (GMS) contract has been awarded to the Amman Tawe Partnership, securing GP services for patients formerly served by the Amman Valley Medical Practice.
This will mean no change for patients or the services that they access in the areas of Garnant, Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Brynamman, Cwmlynfell and Ystralyfera, as the Amman Tawe Partnership has been the temporary contract holder for this population since July 2014 and has been providing services across both Health Board areas.
Patients will be able to access their services from whichever site is most convenient.
The Amman Tawe partnership will, formally from Monday 1 June, be responsible for providing general medical services to approximately 12,000 people; accountable to ABMU Health Board for approximately 8,000 Neath Port Talbot residents and to Hywel Dda UHB for approximately 4,000 Carmarthenshire residents.
Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care at Hywel Dda UHB said: “Following an open tender process earlier this year we are pleased that the Amman Tawe Partnership will continue as the providers of general medical services across both Health Board areas.
“We’d like to thank patients, staff and members of the community who over the past year have been an integral part of this process providing feedback and attending local meetings.”
The Amman Tawe partnership was the only applicant for the two contracts and demonstrated a clear vision and plan for the provision of safe, high quality and integrated primary care services, in line with both University Health Boards’ aim to provide more care in the community closer to people’s homes.
Lindsay Davies, Head of Primary Care and Planning for ABMU Health Board’s Neath Port Talbot Locality, said: “We are very pleased that, particularly after a period of uncertainty, the people in these villages can be confident that their primary care services are secure and now in a position to improve further, with both Health Boards also committed to minimising any cross-border-related anomalies in access to hospital services”.
Dr Duncan Williams, GP with the Amman Tawe Partnership, said: “On behalf of the Amman Tawe Partnership I wish to say thank to our patients for their patience, support and encouragement in the last several months, thank you to our staff for all their hard work and loyalty during what has been a very prolonged phase of job insecurity and anxiety.
“We are delighted and privileged to continue to discharge the responsibility for primary medical General Practice to our registered population and look forward to continuing to provide and develop services with our partner health boards and colleagues in all the communities we serve. We look forward to developing integrated services with local authority care staff and the third sector as well as building on existing relationships with community and district health services colleagues – there are many challenges ahead – we look forward to meeting them in partnership, optimism and hope.”
Letters have been sent to all households currently registered at surgeries managed by the Amman Tawe Partnership informing them of this development.
Additionally, following the success of the previous Meet Your GP sessions, all patients of Cwmllynfell, St. James and Ystalyfera Surgeries have been invited to attend an informal session at 7pm on 30 April at the Ystradowen Community Centre. Events for Garnant, Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Brynamman patients will be announced shortly.

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