– Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokesperson
We are fully aware of the strong feelings being expressed today regarding the relocation of the clinics from Flint Community Hospital to Borough Grove Clinic.
The Minister confirmed last month that the decisions made by the Health Board in January of this year were to be implemented and we are very keen to work closely with local people to take forward the plans to develop new services and facilities in Flint.
The health board is working hard to make sure there is a smooth transition of all clinics with minimum disruption for patients.
The spokesperson added: “We would like to reassure patients that the health clinic is a safe place to deliver our services. In the long term these services will be provided from a more modern Primary Healthcare Resource Centre.
"As of Monday, the phlebotomy, counselling and outpatient clinics previously provided from the hospital will be provided from the Borough Grove clinic building.
"On Monday 2nd September, GP Minor Surgery services will also transfer from the hospital to the clinic, following an upgrade of the current facilities.”
Campaigners who wanted to stage a sit-in at Flint Community Hospital over its imminent closure have instead protested peacefully outside after being turned away by police.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has said it is aware of the strong feeling about the decision, but their aim is modernisation.
Hundreds of people are expected to march in Flint later in a bid to save the town's community hospital.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is proposing to move services to nearby Holywell, saying it'll improve care.
"It's far quicker to come here and be seen than to travel 40 minutes to Glanllwyd hospital or only to an A&E department if you can't get on the bus to Holywell", says campaigner Jack Rees.
"If you're on a low income, it's very difficult to take that money out, that travel money, and go seven miles with your child"