Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Department of Health

Primary Care Centres

Photo of Joe CareyJoe Carey (Clare, Fine Gael)
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18. To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide an updated report on the development of the primary health care centre on Station Road, Ennis, County Clare; when it is intended that this new state-of-the-art health facility will open; the services to be provided; the projected numbers of doctors, nurses and other vital health professionals who will deliver this new service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16847/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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I am delighted to be able to inform the Deputy that progress is continuing on the new Primary Care Centre on Station Road in Ennis. HSE Estates has advised that the centre is scheduled to become operational during Quarter 3 this year.

The opening of the Station Road centre will be a significant development in the delivery of community-based health services for the people of Ennis and the surrounding area. Once fully operational, it will provide a full range of GP, nursing, therapy and dental services. I also understand that the centre will offer specialist nurse led clinics for the treatment of leg ulcers, as well as access to community diagnostics.

The staff based in Station Road will form part of the new Community Healthcare Network for the area which will help us to develop more integrated care based on the needs of the local population.

Furthermore, the centre will support the Enhanced Community Care programme in Clare by serving as the base for a Chronic Disease Management team which will provide a county-wide service to individuals with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, COPD and asthma. An Integrated Care Programme for Older People team will also be based in the centre. This team will support older people over 75 years of age and those living with frailty to live well at home.

A total of around 77 staff will be based in the centre and directly involved in the provision of Primary Care Services to local residents.

The investment in Station Road is a clear example of this Government’s commitment to delivering more comprehensive and accessible primary care services to people across the country in line with the vision of Sláintecare.


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