Adams: New Primary Care Centre not to Open until 2020

Gerry Adams at a recent Louth Hospital protest

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.

Munster: Welcomes Opening of Boyne Primary Care Centre

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 and dental 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); PsychologySpeech and Language TherapyPhysiotherapyPodiatryWound ManagementPhlebotomyOccupational TherapyDietetics and Nutritional advice and support and Schemes 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 will supplement 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.

Primary Care Centre with 5 Dental Surgeries Welcome – Imelda Munster TD

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.

 

Munster welcomes refurbishment of Ballsgrove Primary Care Centre for wider community

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.”

Primary Care Centre needed in Dundalk – Adams

DSC_3254_6510Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin TD for Louth, challenged the Taoiseach during Leaders Questions on Tuesday regarding the provision of a Primary Care Centre for Dundalk and the allocation of resources for the mental health service at the Ladywell facility at the Louth Hospital, Dundalk.

Commenting on Budget 2017’s allocation of funding for health Gerry Adams was especially scathing of the failure of the government to provide sufficient funding for mental health services.

Teachta Adams said:

“Last week I visited the Ladywell mental health facility in Dundalk which provides services for much of North Louth.

“The staff are very dedicated but the conditions in which they are forced to treat patients is entirely unsuitable. 

“Rooms in the Ladywell Centre originally served as staff accommodation when the hospital was constructed over 70 years ago.  They are inappropriate for patients and staff and numerous offices are closed due to dampness. 

“The maintenance bill for roof repairs is a constant drain on resources and patients and staff also utilise a series of prefabs which are at the end of their usefulness.

“Staff recently added to the mental health team in North Louth do not have any suitable premises so they work out of St. Brigid’s in Ardee, with patients as far away as Carlingford having to make their own way to appointments. This is totally unacceptable.

“In May the European Investment Bank cleared a €70m loan to build fourteen new primary care centres.

“The construction of a primary care centre in the Dundalk region would facilitate the provision of mental health and other services to enable holistic treatment of patients at one location.

“However there is no primary care centre scheduled for the North East despite this area having some of the highest indices of deprivation and social isolation in the State.

“Two weeks ago Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil rejected a Sinn Féin motion to provide €20 million for 24/7 care for those in need of treatment for mental health issues. Instead the government decided to amend the Capital Acquisitions Tax providing an unnecessary windfall to some two thousand people each year at a cost of €20 million. 

“The Government talks a lot about the shift to primary care, it’s time to turn words into actions and deliver a primary care centre in Dundalk.”