Wick­low back to full quota of care teams


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WICK­LOW IS back to its full quota of three pri­mary care teams fol­low­ing Fri­day’s launch at the Wick­low Pri­mary Care Cen­tre, Glen­side Road, Wick­low town.

Mary Har­ney, TD Min­is­ter for Health and Chil­dren, of­fi­cially launched the Wick­low Pri­mary Care Team, com­ment­ing that ‘this will pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess and bet­ter health­care out­comes to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and will work as a build­ing block for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment in the area.’

Ear­lier in the year the HSE came in for some crit­i­cism af­ter it was re­vealed that only one pri­mary care nurse was cov­er­ing the whole county. There were mean’t to be three nurses pro­vid­ing a ser­vice, but one was off on sick leave and the other on ma­ter­nity leave.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity of the pri­mary care teams will be to cover Wick­low town and sur­round­ing en­vi­rons, spread­ing out right up to Round­wood and Dun­ganstown.

The three teams launched on Fri­day will serve a pop­u­la­tion of 20,877 and con­sist of health pro­fes­sion­als re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing and de­liv­er­ing pri­mary health care to fam­i­lies in need of sup­port.

Each team is made up of nurses, phys­io­ther­a­pists, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, home sup­port ser­vices, and par­tic­i­pat­ing gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers. Other ser­vices will also be pro­vided like speech and lan­guage ther­apy, a coun­seller/ther­a­pist and com­mu­nity wel­fare ser­vice and clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy.

Dur­ing the launch Min­is­ter Har­ney also said, ‘there has been a huge amount of work in­vested in this ini­tia­tive by all of the pro­fes­sion­als on the team and by all the lo­cal health of­fice staff. I wish to ac­knowl­edge the en­deav­our and fore­sight of the HSE staff and lo­cal GP’s in paving the way for­ward for other teams both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.’

The three teams are part of 530 to be es­tab­lished all over Ire­land dur­ing the next three years. The HSE also funds x-rays and ul­tra­sounds from the Ark­low Pri­mary Care Cen­tre.

Mary Har­ney, TD, at the launch of the Wick­low Pri­mary Care teams along with Laverne McGuin­ness, di­rec­tor of Pri­mary Com­mu­nity and Health Care and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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