New Pri­mary Care Cen­tre to be opened in En­nis­cor­thy

Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

PLANS are well in place for the con­struc­tion of a new state of the art HSE Pri­mary Care Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy.

The HSE last week con­firmed that a let­ter of in­tent has been is­sued to the de­vel­oper who is cur­rently li­ais­ing with the HSE in re­la­tion to the pro­posed lay­out of the build­ing, which should be ready for oc­cu­pa­tion by the third quar­ter of 2020.

Some­what unusu­ally no def­i­nite lo­ca­tion has been agreed for the cen­tre as of yet, how­ever, Fianna Fáil TD James Browne, who raised the is­sue in a par­lia­men­tary ques­tions last week, is hope­ful that it will be a cen­tral lo­ca­tion within En­nis­cor­thy town.

‘It seems to be how they do things these days,’ he said. ‘They con­tract out the pro­vi­sion of the cen­tre to the de­vel­oper and it be­comes their job both to find a lo­ca­tion and to build the build­ing. It’s a bit un­usual, but not unique. This is very pos­i­tive news, but I sup­pose it is a lit­tle bit frus­trat­ing not know­ing where it will be lo­cated.

PLANS are well in place for the con­struc­tion of a new state of the art HSE Pri­mary Care Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy.

The HSE last week con­firmed that a let­ter of in­tent has been is­sued to the de­vel­oper who is cur­rently li­ais­ing with the HSE in re­la­tion to the pro­posed lay­out of the build­ing, which should be ready for oc­cu­pa­tion by the third quar­ter of 2020.

Some­what unusu­ally no def­i­nite lo­ca­tion has been agreed for the cen­tre as of yet, how­ever, Fianna Fáil TD James Browne, who raised the is­sue in a par­lia­men­tary ques­tions last week, is hope­ful that it will be a cen­tral lo­ca­tion within En­nis­cor­thy town.

‘It seems to be how they do things these days,’ he said. ‘ They con­tract out the pro­vi­sion of the cen­tre to the de­vel­oper and it be­comes their job both to find a lo­ca­tion and to build the build­ing. It’s a bit un­usual, but not unique. This is very pos­i­tive news, but I sup­pose it is a lit­tle bit frus­trat­ing not know­ing where it will be lo­cated. Wher­ever the cen­tre will be lo­cated, it will have to get plan­ning per­mis­sion and I as­sume the de­vel­oper is al­ready in con­tact with the County Coun­cil Plan­ning De­part­ment.’

‘I do hope they find a lo­ca­tion as soon as pos­si­ble,’ Deputy Browne con­tin­ued. ‘I think it’s im­por­tant that it’s as cen­tral as pos­si­ble. A lot of those who’d be us­ing the services would be older peo­ple and also a good Pri­mary Care Cen­tre would carry eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the town cen­tre as well.’

Among the services slated to be pro­vided in the new build­ing are speech and lan­guage ther­apy, phys­io­ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, pub­lic health nurs­ing, den­tal services, oph­thal­mol­ogy, home help, di­a­betes, care­doc, men­tal health, TUSLA, psy­chol­ogy and so­cial work.

‘It’s badly needed in En­nis­cor­thy,’ Deputy Browne con­cluded. ‘I took a tour re­cently of the new Pri­mary Care Cen­tre in Wex­ford and it’s fan­tas­tic to see such mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties. Also it’s great to have all these services to­gether in one place rather than peo­ple be­ing sent some­where else in the county. It’s re­ally pos­i­tive news for En­nis­cor­thy and it seems there’s a de­fin­i­tive plan in place, rather than just say­ing it’ll hap­pen at some point in the fu­ture.’

James Browne TD.

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