Primary Care Centre is officially opened

by Gazette Reporter
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The Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health centre located in Grove Court Complex was officially opened recently by Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care Alex White (Lab).
The centre provides a wide range of social and health care services to the local population in Dublin 15 and the wider northwest Dublin area. It is a modern and spacious facility, which benefits from a well-proportioned physiotherapy gym, occupational therapy gym and a purpose-built wound treatment clinic and group rooms.
The HSE completed the process of moving a broad range of services from various locations in Dublin 15 into this new facility in November. The centre now accommodates two primary care teams – Ongar primary care team and Mountview/Blakestown/Coolmine primary care team, and additional primary care staff who provide services across Dublin 15.
The range of multi-disciplinary services available include public health nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology, social work, clinical nutrition and dietetics.
The community mental health team for Blanchardstown west is also located at the centre. The team which is led by two consultants comprises a social worker, psychologist, community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists. Dr Patrick McCarthy and Dr Mukesh Laloo have their practices located at the centre further enhancing the range of services available.
Speaking at the official opening Minister White said: “In a developed primary care system up to 95% of peoples’ needs can be met in a primary care setting.
“It is hoped that the professionals in this centre, working together and in tandem with other colleagues will allow many in the local population to receive the service they require in the community and avoid admission to hospitals.”
Des O’Flynn, area manager, HSE Dublin North City, said: “This new centre will allow the public to have easy access to a wide range of social and health care services in one location and will help our clinicians and staff better respond to their client’s needs, improving collaboration across disciplines while supporting our goal of better access to local health and social care for all our citizens.”
Lord Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG), who was present at the launch, said: “The new centre accommodates two primary care teams who deliver services to a population of 22,000 people.
“The centre will also provide additional network services across the whole of D15, reaching a population of 100,000. This is a young and very diverse population, more diverse perhaps than any other part of Ireland. This brings many challenges and when allocating funding this must be given consideration by the HSE.”
Lorraine Mulligan, Labour candidate for the Dublin West by-election, also welcomed the official opening, saying: “Providing quality primary healthcare in and for the local community is one of the key priorities for Dublin West.”

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