A NEW multi-million euro primary care centre is planned for Lucan, and it is hoped that it will open in the next 18 months, according to local Fine Gael TD Derek Keating.
Speaking exclusively to The Gazette, Deputy Keating, who is a member of the Dail committee on Health, said that he has been meeting with health officials and interested health professionals over the past 12 months in order to secure the primary care health facility for Lucan.
Deputy Keating said he had arranged a number of meetings with senior management in the health services, along with interested health professionals who have seen the advantages of the new centre, and he has made direct contact with the new Junior Minister for Health, Alex White, to advance the project to the next stage, with the expectation that it will be completed within 18 months.
Primary health care incorporates GP services, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social work, mental health and public health nurse services.
Chronic disease management programmes will also be available for those who are in need and wish to remain at home.
Deputy Keating said: “The plans are at an advanced stage and I am happy with the progress, to date.
“It’s very badly needed, given the development of the whole of the Lucan area over all the years.
“More and more families require services, and these are community-based services that will be provided in the heart of the community in a very professional way that will be of great benefit to the community.
“It will save people travelling to various different locations for all the different services,” said Deputy Keating.
“This is a multimillion euro project that’s at a critical stage, now, and I believe that, given the extent of the discussions and negotiations that I’ve had in those 13 months, I believe that it’s at the state now that it can be delivered in the next year and a half.
“I believe the need is there. I believe the meetings that I’ve had have proven to be very, very successful, and I’m happy that we’ll be able to move to a further stage in the process, that would involve planning and that will involve development of the service,” he said.
Deputy Keating also said that a new contract arrangement with GPs who wish to become involved will commence in advance of the building.