GEORGETOWN, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Bayhealth has withdrawn its application with the Delaware Health Resources Board to build a freestanding emergency department in central Sussex County.

In an Aug. 14 letter to the Delaware Health Resources Board, Bayhealth said it was withdrawing, effective immediately, its Certificate of Public Review Application submitted on Dec. 28, 2018, for a freestanding emergency department that would be build on Route 9 near Georgetown, the Sussex County seat. 

Bayhealth said it reviewed a report issued on July 25 by the board's review committee and acknowledged the review committee's concerns discussed in the report. Bayhealth said it intends to submit at a later date a new application for a freestanding emergency department that will address and take into account the concerns raised by the review committee.

Georgetown Mayor Bill West has previously stated that there is a need for emergency services in the town. He said residents currently have to take ambulance rides farther out in the county for treatment.

But opponents say a new emergency department in Georgetown would take patients from existing facilities in the county and make them less viable.