Wexford People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARIA PEP­PER

WEX­FORD’S new €8m pri­mary care cen­tre on Gro­gan’s Road has opened as prepa­ra­tions are made for the de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing clinic to make way for a 120-space car park.

Last week, staff be­gan mov­ing into the the new state-of-theart build­ing, which took just un­der two years to con­struct.

The old clinic, dat­ing to the mid-1950s, is be­ing cleared of fit­tings and con­tents ahead of its de­mo­li­tion.

WEX­FORD’S newly-built €8 mil­lion pri­mary care cen­tre in Gro­gan’s Road opened to the pub­lic last week ahead of the plan­ning de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing clinic later this week to make way for a 120-space car park.

The con­struc­tion of the car park should take three months and the new care cen­tre is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional when that work is com­pleted.

Speech ther­apy, den­tal and Caredoc fa­cilies are among the ser­vices which have moved into the new state-of-the-art build­ing which ex­tends to 3,715 square me­tres and was built ad­ja­cent to the old clinic which dates back to the mid-1950’s.

All ex­ist­ing ser­vices pro­vided by the clinic will be re-lo­cated in the new cen­tre along with ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties to pro­vide an in­te­grated and co-or­di­nated pri­mary care ser­vice at one sin­gle lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing GP’s, pub­lic health nurses, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists and phys­io­ther­a­pists.

Some of the HSE staff cur­rently work­ing in George’s Street in Wex­ford are also mov­ing to the new build­ing.

‘There will be some re­stric­tions to car park­ing dur­ing this phase of con­struc­tion work which is ex­pected to take ap­prox­i­mately 12 weeks to fully com­plete.’, said a HSE spokesman.

‘It is planned for the new cen­tre to be fully op­er­a­tional there­after’, he added.

‘Some staff have moved into the new pri­mary care cen­tre in Wex­ford and some ser­vices have com­menced from their new de­liv­ery lo­ca­tion’, he added

Wex­ford is one of four new pri­mary care cen­tres de­vel­oped through the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship process which are near­ing com­ple­tion in the south east. The oth­ers are in St. Oteran’s Hospi­tal, Water­ford; St. Brigid’s Hospi­tal in Car­rickon-Suir and the Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal in Dun­gar­van, County Water­ford.

Another seven Pri­mary Care Cen­tres are al­ready op­er­a­tional in the re­gion – in Gorey, Cal­lan, Car­low; Kilkenny; Tip­per­ary Town, Tramore, and Water­ford Cit.

The cen­tres are de­signed to com­ple­ment com­mu­nity healthcare ser­vices al­ready be­ing de­liv­ered in the lo­cal­i­ties.

A num­ber of multi-dis­ci­plinary rooms will be avail­able in the new clinic to be booked by vis­it­ing health pro­fes­sion­als. The cen­tre will be open at least five days a week with ex­tra hours at week­ends and evenings for some ser­vices.

An Area Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer will be based in the build­ing along with GP and com­mu­nity teams, the Caredoc Ser­vice, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, phys­io­ther­apy, so­cial work, speech and lan­guage ther­apy, home help, ad­dic­tion ser­vices, den­tal ser­vices, nu­tri­tional and di­eti­cian ser­vices, psy­chol­ogy and coun­selling ser­vices, au­di­ol­ogy and opthal­mol­ogy, chi­ropody, po­di­a­try, early in­ter­ven­tion and school age ser­vices.

The main re­cep­tion area was de­signed to in­crease seat­ing for wait­ing patients and clients and to pro­vide dis­abled ac­cess and an en­trance to a se­cure out­door area for chil­dren. The psy­chol­ogy ser­vice has been lo­cated to en­sure pri­vacy for patients.

Build­ing work on the Wex­ford cen­tre be­gan in June 2016 with loan fund­ing as­sis­tance from the Euro­pean In­vest­ment Bank un­der the Euro­pean Fund for Strate­gic In­vest­ments for a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) stim­u­lus pack­age aimed at de­liv­er­ing crit­i­cal so­cial and eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture.

The new Wex­ford Pri­mary Care Cen­tre on Gro­gan’s Road.

In­side the new pri­mary care cen­tre at Gro­gan’s Road. RIGHT: skips out­side the old clinic which will be de­mol­ished this week.

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