The Minister for Health Simon Harris officially opened two new primary care centres today in Kilcock, Kildare and Coolock in Dublin.
These are part of the first public/private partnership investment in the health service. Primary care services are to include GP and nurse services, home help, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.
A total of €810 million is planned to be invested in primary care over the next 10 years by Project Ireland 2040.
Minister Harris said:
“These two new centres are the latest in a planned national network of primary care centres, which are being developed to provide a broad range of health services to local communities. 114 Primary Care Centres are now operational across the country. 6 have opened so far this year (Ballinrobe, Boyle, Limerick City, Kilcock, Claremorris and Grangegorman) and a further 13 are scheduled to open in 2018.
“Kilcock and Coolock are part of the first public private partnership programme in the Health services, which will see a total of 14 purpose-built centres delivered across the country by the end of this year. The centres will also offer a range of primary care services including GP and Nurse services, Home Help, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology.”