€1m revamp for health centre

by Gazette Reporter

PLANNING permission has been granted for a major €1m upgrade of Roselawn Health Centre. The expanded centre will offer dental services, public health nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nutrition and diet advice, psychology, a social work service and speech and language therapy.
Capital funding of €1m has been allocated for the project to upgrade and expand the existing building, and to landscape its surroundings.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar said the development was really positive news for the local community, which has been hoping for an upgrade for many years.
“I am very pleased that the council has granted planning permission for a major upgrade of the Roselawn Health Centre. The job will go to tender as soon as possible and I hope works can commence before the end of the year.
“The new expanded and improved health centre will complement the newly-opened Navan Road and Blanchardstown primary care centres and the Corduff Primary Care Centre, which is now under construction.”
He said the expansion was the latest part of a healthcare investment programme in the area.
He outlined a number of developments, including the relocation of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital to Connolly Hospital.
“We have already provided for a new MRI scanner in Connolly Hospital, secured the full opening of St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown and Navan Road primary care centres, and upgraded radiology and urology departments in Connolly. Work has also started on Corduff Primary Care Centre.
“Last month, a planning application was lodged for a satellite centre of the new children’s hospital on the Connolly Hospital campus. Subject to planning permission, construction will start in the new year.”
There had been some concern about an aspect of the plan that proposed a two-way vehicular entrance-exit at the Roselawn Glade side of the centre.
This would have meant a lot of traffic being directed into Roselawn Glade.
Residents of Roselawn Glade and Crescent were extremely worried about the proposal, as it would create an entrance on a road with poor visibility and significant parking generated by school drop off and pick up each day at the nearby St Francis Xavier National School.
Fingal County Council planners wrote to the proprietors of the health centre in April requesting that they remove that entrance from the plan.
Traffic will now flow to and from the centre via Roselawn Road.

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