Update on Solva Surgery – June 23

Readers will recall that members of the Save Solva Surgery Working Group (SSSWG) met with officials from the Health Board on 25th April to present practical and achievable solutions for keeping a general practitioner-run Surgery open for the community. Plans have to be agreed by the community and the Board by December 2023. We are still waiting for a response from the Health Board on our ideas and the start of the promised joint working group meetings. The slow pace has been somewhat frustrating, but we have been informed that a response is imminent.

Contact Sue Denman 07817 410782,  Ifor Thomas 07971 038643

Update – May 23

The meeting with the Regional Health Board (HDUHB), on Solva Surgery, took place as planned on 25th April. The meeting was held in Solva Memorial Hall and was attended by 18 people, the majority of whom were HDUHB employees. HDUHB officials reported satisfaction overall with the transition to a managed practice. The rest of the meeting was spent by Solva Surgery Working Group representatives: Sue Denman, Gareth Chapman and Iain Robertson Steel emphasising the importance of Solva retaining General Practice for the village and how this could be achieved in a sustainable way. The Health Board has gone away to consider its response to our ideas and how best to go forward to keep momentum.

We will continue to meet as a large working group of some 14 members of the community, with a core group (see above, plus Ifor Thomas and Luci Chapman) involved in the detail.

It is important that we represent your wishes for the future of health and care in our community. We will continue to communicate via a monthly briefing to Solva Community Council as well as using our local websites, Facebook and newsletter.  Please let us know if there are any other ways we can communicate to ensure that you are informed on a regular basis.

It is very important that as many of you as possible engage and input into the ideas we take to our meetings with the Health Board. We will organise another community meeting as soon as we have more news and issues to discuss. Solva Community Council is leading on the action here and can be contacted via Ifor Thomas 07971 038643 and Sue Denman 07817 410782.


Many of you will have heard the good news that Solva Surgery will remain open for 12 months whilst the Board, Partner Agencies and the Community find a sustainable solution.

However, one of the recommendations by the Vacant Practice Panel and accepted by the Board was that 295 people currently registered with the Practice, and living outside the catchment area, should be moved. We are aware that some of you are very concerned about this and will not want to move. That is totally understandable.

What will happen next?

If you are part of this group, you will be notified in writing. Please wait until you get your letter.

What can you do if you don’t want to move?

You can appeal and give reasons why you want to stay registered with Solva Surgery. After all you were accepted on to the list and it is not your fault if the rules were not followed or have changed.

Then you can seek advice from the Community Health Council. Pembrokeshire has its own office. Their role is to listen to your concerns and to advise you.

Contact Details

Pembs Local Committee

Suite 18, Cedar Court

Haven’s Head

Milford Haven


SA73 3LS

Tel:   01646 697610

Our Staff – Hywel Dda Community Health Council (nhs.wales)

If you need any assistance with your appeal, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the Solva Community Council.

Save Solva Surgery Working Group will seek answers as to why this recommendation was made, and accepted, without discussion at the Board meeting.

Save Solva Surgery

Following the announcement by Dr Dhaduvai that she will be retiring at the end of March, the future of Solva Surgery remains uncertain.

We now need our community to add weight to the work being done by the Solva Surgery Working Group, by writing to those who may be able to influence the outcome.
The key points can be found on this flyer which you may have already received through your letterbox, and which is also available on this website (below), alternatively there is also a template letter which can be downloaded here

The wider we can spread this the better so please send ideally by email to as many as you feel able, in order of importance, the Health Board (Steve Moore), PCC(Will Bramble), Welsh Government (Health Minister Eluned Morgan and Mark Drakeford) and your Local MP and Assembly Members.
Contact details are available here and here


Should you require any assistance sending, then please contact Gareth Chapman at savesolvasurgery@gmail.com or by calling 07900 411952

The views of the local community and patients are being gathered prior to any decision by the Health Board about long term provision for the service. The Health Board is working closely with the Community Health Council during this process.

Solva Surgery, community engagement event, 12 January 2023.

Click the link below to read the event report:

Final Surgery engagement event report


“Community to work with Hywel Dda Health Board to save Pembrokeshire GP”

Read the full Herald article here

Community Feedback Event From Hwyl Dda Drop-In Session, 24th Jan 2023. Click below to download PDF Press Release.