Ur­gent care cen­tre to ben­e­fit Fin­gal

NEW FA­CIL­ITY AT CON­NOLLY HOSPI­TAL IS DUE TO OPEN IN 2018

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - Fer­gal MADDOCK

THE Out­pa­tient and Ur­gent Care Cen­tre at Con­nolly Hospi­tal will im­prove ge­o­graphic ac­cess to ur­gent care for chil­dren in the Fin­gal Dublin area, ac­cord­ing to a local se­na­tor and GP

The new fa­cil­ity was pro­posed by Se­na­tor Reilly dur­ing his ten­ure as Min­is­ter for Health in Novem­ber 2012.

The new 5,000 sq me­tre cen­tre will cater for 25,000 Ur­gent Care at­ten­dances per an­num.

‘The new Chil­dren’s Ur­gent Care Cen­tre at Con­nolly Hospi­tal is only 30 mins or less from Bal­brig­gan, Sk­er­ries, Rush, Lusk and 20 min­utes from Swords and there is am­ple park­ing on site,’ said Dr Reilly.

‘This new state of the art fa­cil­ity serv­ing the chil­dren of Fin­gal is due to open in 2018.

‘The Pae­di­atric Out­pa­tient and Ur­gent Care Cen­tre at Con­nolly Hospi­tal will pro­vide con­sul­tant-led ur­gent care, with ob­ser­va­tion beds, di­ag­nos­tics and se­condary out­pa­tient ser­vices in­clud­ing rapid ac­cess gen­eral pae­di­atric clin­ics, de­vel­op­men­tal pae­di­atrics and mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary care for chil­dren with chronic sta­ble con­di­tions,’ he said

‘The three-storey unit will in­clude a walk-in Chil­dren’s Ur­gent Care Cen­tre, pae­di­atric out-pa­tient de­part­ment and chil­dren’s den­tistry. Con­nolly Hospi­tal was se­lected as an Ur­gent Care Cen­tre/ Am­bu­la­tory Cen­tre as part of the plan for the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

‘Typ­i­cally, the cen­tre will care for chil­dren and young peo­ple who have a com­mon, mi­nor ill­ness or in­jury which can­not be man­aged by a GP (pri­mary care) but does not re­quire the acute ser­vices of an Emer­gency De­part­ment.;‘con­nolly Chil­dren’s Out Pa­tient and Ur­gent Care cen­tre will pro­vide Con­sul­tant-led ur­gent care, with 4-6 hour ob­ser­va­tion beds, ap­pro­pri­ate di­ag­nos­tics and se­condary out­pa­tient ser­vices in­clud­ing rapid ac­cess gen­eral pae­di­atric clin­ics as well as child sex­ual abuse unit ex­am­i­na­tion, ob­ser­va­tion and ther­apy rooms will be pro­vided in the Out­pa­tient and Ur­gent Care Cen­tres.

‘I wel­come the pub­li­ca­tion to­day by Health Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris of the Chil­dren’s Health Bill 2017,’ said Se­na­tor Reilly.

‘The Bill which pro­vides the statu­tory en­tity to run the new €1 bil­lion Na­tional Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal is a sig­nif­i­cant step in the pro­vi­sion of chil­dren’s health care.

‘The Chil­dren’s Ur­gent Care Cen­tre ap­proved for fund­ing by Gov­ern­ment will be a great ad­di­tion to chil­dren’s ser­vices in Fin­gal,’ said Dr Reilly a local GP from Lusk in North County Dublin.

James Con­nolly Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal.

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