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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Green light for Newmarket health centre

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 01/08/2013 | 05:26

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A NEW multi-disciplinary primary healthcare centre is set to go ahead in Newmarket after An Bord Pleanala gave it the green light last week.

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A NEW multi-disciplinary primary healthcare centre is set to go ahead in Newmarket after An Bord Pleanala gave it the green light last week.

The plan will see several local GP practices located in the one building, with a range of HSE services also located in the same building.

Located on a greenfield site on the edge of the town, at West End, the Newmarket primary care centre will follow much-praised similar centres in Mallow and Mitchelstown.

The HSE services will include community nursing, home help, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech & language therapy, dietetics, podiatry, HSE community work and dental services.

A suite of rooms will also be available within the centre for mental health services and as well as a number of additional rooms for the future development of additional HSE services not previously available in Newmarket.

"The proposed PCT centre for Newmarket has been designed in accordance with the national HSE policy for the development of Primary Care Team Centres which requires the co-location of GPs and HSE staff providing patient services and clinics at one central location," a HSE spokesperson told The Corkman this week.

"The customised Primary Care Team Centre in Newmarket will facilitate greater collaboration between the GPs and the HSE services," he added.

"This is of enormous benefit to patients as it ensures that people receive a wide range of enhanced health and personal social services as close to home as possible from a team of health professionals, working together to serve the population of North West Cork and beyond while ensuring that only those who need the specialist services available in an acute hospital go to the hospital setting.

"The evidence shows that better health outcomes are achieved by good multi-disciplinary Primary Care Team personnel working together to provide integrated, high quality and user friendly services."

It is believed the centre will bring 20-30 full-time jobs to the town, as well as potentially another 40 during construction.

However, the development hasn't come without some controversy, and involved a planning appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

However, this week, local GP Dr Bertie Daly, who is leading the project, said: "There is a time for everything. Now is the time for the community of Newmarket to move forward in a positive, unified and dignified manner."

Meanwhile, local county councillor Gerard Murphy said the project "will bring a tremendous boost to the town of Newmarket".

* See Page 62 for additional coverage

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