Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has criticised the Minister for Health for his failure to deliver a new Primary Care Centre in Dundalk following information received this week in response to parliamentary questions tabled by Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD.
Gerry Adams said; “Dundalk Primary Care Centre simply does not feature on a schedule of Primary Care Centres which are currently operational, under construction or at advanced planning stage.
“This is despite the Health Minister informing me in August 2018 that construction work on Dundalk Primary Care Centre would commence in 2019 with an expected opening in 2020.
“I have written to the Minister for Health asking him to urgently clarify the position and to indicate when a new Primary Care Centre, with capacity to facilitate Community Mental Health services, will be delivered in Dundalk. “In 2006 ‘A Vision for Change’ recommended integration of Community Based Mental Health Services and other Primary Care medical services.
“Mental Health practitioners in Dundalk have been calling for this for the past 10 years, yet successive governments have done nothing
“I first visited the Ladywell Community Mental Health facility in Dundalk in October 2016
“The current premises, which was originally constructed over 70 years ago as staff quarters for the adjacent Louth County Hospital, is not in any way fit for purpose.
“Due to the conditions at Ladywell there are no Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service or Old Age Psychiatry services available in North Louth.
“The maintenance costs of this premises are a huge drain on the resources of the service
“This is an intolerable position which is wholly inadequate for the people of north Louth and for the mental health staff at Ladywell. “I have written to the Minister for Health seeking an update on Dundalk Primary Care Centre and to ask him to visit Ladywell to see for himself how unsuitable the premises is.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has expressed his frustration that the long awaited Dundalk primary care centre is not expected to open until early 2020.
Following a response received to a parliamentary question Teachta Adams stated;
“There is a longstanding government promise of a primary care centre with mental health services for Dundalk. I have been campaigning for provision of these services for some time now.
“In Dundalk community based psychiatric services are practically non-existent, and delivered from Ladywell. They cannot provide Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, or Old Age Psychiatry services in this building.
“A new primary care centre is the solution to this.
“I have asked both the Taoiseach and the Minister of State for Mental Health to visit this 60 year old damp building to see how badly facilities are needed. They have not done this. They won’t do this.
“The HSE have told me that the developer intends to submit a planning application towards the end of 2018, and they expect services to open in 2020. This means people must continue to travel, to Ardee or Drogheda to access basic mental health services.
“It is not acceptable for people to just wait until 2020. The Minister must ensure an interim solution is put in place. I will continue to raise this issue with the government until people have access to necessary services.
Sinn Féin’s Imelda Munster has welcomed the opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Patrick’s Street, Drogheda.
Deputy Munster said:
‘The “Boyne Primary Care Centre” will replace the Peters St facility based in the Laurence Town Centre and it is due to open to the public on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 9am. It will incorporate primary care services anddental services as well as civil registration.
The HSE will provide a full range of primary care services from the centre including: Public Health Nursing (Child Child Health and Welfare and Care of the Older Person); Psychology; Speech and Language Therapy; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Wound Management; Phlebotomy; Occupational Therapy; Dietetics and Nutritional advice and support andSchemes Support (Medical Cards, EHIC, LTI)
Having raised the issue of the lack of dental services in early 2017 the full restoration of this service to the Drogheda area is very welcome as it means patients will no longer have to travel for treatment.
The Peters St facility will continue to be used by the HSE and I am advised that planning is at an advanced stage with an announcement pending from the HSE.
Boyne Primary Care Centre willsupplement and support the extensively refurbished Ballsgrove Primary Care Centre that was re-opened in January 2018 following the malicious fire on St Stephen’s night 2016.
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has welcomed the current investment in primary care provision with the imminent opening of a major Primary Care Centre in Patrick’s Street, Drogheda. The Primary Care Centre will be based in the recently refurbished Boyne Centre.
Deputy Munster stated “this development will include five fully refurbished dental Surgeries and will restore the dental services and clinics that had been removed from the town over the last 15 months. For the past 15 month’s school children had to travel to Dundalk or Ardee to access dental services. Other much needed services such as public health nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy for children and adults, psychology, a blood clinic, podiatry and ophthalmology.
Deputy Munster said “This primary care centre will provide much needed services along with the provision of Births, Deaths, and Marriage’s office and a dedicated room for civil ceremonies which will have its own entrance. It’s imminent opening will be very welcome especially as it will mean patients no longer have to travel to access dental services.
Sinn Féin TD for Louth/East Meath Imelda Munster has welcomed the completion of the refurbishment works in Ballsgrove Primary Care Centre.
Deputy Munster said:
“The centre has been completely ungraded following fire damage in December 2016 to a fully modern state of the art Primary Care Centre to meet the needs of the local community.”
“It is understood that the refurbished Primary Care Centre will be staffed by two Primary Care Teams comprising of Public Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, and other supporting healthcare professionals. The Public Health Nursing service based in the Primary Care Centre is expected to continue to provide a wide range of services to the centre’s users including a very valuable Tissue Viability Service.”
“It is my understanding that the HSE intend to have Ballsgrove Primary Care Centre the main hub for the delivery of its Immunisation Programme for South Louth with Senior Area Medical Officers based on site.”
“The restoration of this facility to the local community is very welcome and I wish all involved continued success.”