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Extract from Irish Medical Times. July 20, 2011
‘Considerable confusion’ about primary care centre
By Gary Culliton.
There appears to be “considerable confusion with regard to the use of the premises and the services to be provided” at a new primary care centre for Carlow town, the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has said.
Dr Reilly said he understood the concern of Fine Gael Deputy Pat Deering, “particularly with regard to accessibility to the site”.
The rent paid for any HSE-occupied primary care centre accommodation cannot exceed that approved by the HSE Board for that specific location.
The annual rent for this centre is €320,000 a year, for an area of just less than 20,000 square feet. This rent is less than the rent approved by the HSE Board for a premises of this size. Rent payments, which are payable in advance, have just commenced.
The first floor at the Shamrock Plaza premises is already occupied by three GP practices and HSE staff will occupy the second floor. Both floors have lift access. Together, these floors will accommodate the Carlow town primary care centre and when the HSE staff move in, the primary care team will be located there.
Other businesses, including a bank, a software company and pharmacy, are accommodated in the building. There is residential accommodation on the upper floors.
There are underground car-parking facilities beneath the building and an estimated 1,000 parking spaces in the vicinity, including a multi-storey car park. Up to 43 HSE staff will provide a range of health services, including public health nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy services, speech and language therapy, psychology services, dietary and nutrition advice, home-help services and general support staff facilities.
There are additional rooms to accommodate outreach hospital consultant clinics and other visiting specialists. At maximum capacity, up to 40 clients can receive services at any given time. The fit-out has been completed and equipping is virtually completed. It will be ready for occupation by HSE staff shortly.
The facilities at the nearby Sacred Heart District Hospital and St Dympna’s Hospital are not suitable for the provision of primary care services, said Dr Reilly.
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