DEVELOPERS behind the primary care centre in Balbriggan must apply for planning permission for the project by the end of this month and the Fingal Independent has learned this week that the facility could provide the home for a new renal unit with the ability to deliver dialysis to kidney patients.
The HSE has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to enter into a lease for a new primary care centre in Balbriggan subject to a number of conditions, including that a planning application be lodged for the project by the end of October. The proposal is to house the new centre at 66 to 70 Dublin road in Balbriggan and the developer behind the project is Rhonellen Development Ltd. The HSE confirmed the details of the plans in correspondence with Cllr. May McKeon (NP), a member of the Regional Health Forum for the area.
Cllr. McKeon has suggested that the primary care centre in Balbriggan will make an ideal location for a renal unit to serve Louth and North Fingal. The HSE National Renal Office is engaged in a tender process to source four satellite dialysis unit sites around the Dublin area – two on the northside and two on the southside The HSE has said that one of these units should ideally be located along the M1 corridor within 10 miles of Drogheda Town Centre, making Balbriggan potentially the ideal spot for the dialysis unit which would transform the lives of local kidney patients currently travelling to Beaumont Hospital and beyond for their treatment.
Cllr. McKeon has welcomed the fact that the delivery of a primary care centre for Balbriggan is at ' an advanced stage' but said it was 'regrettable that it continues to cause a high level of dispute at Government level'. She said she also regretted the resignation of Roisin Shortall TD from her post as Minister for State for Primary Care. But, the Balbriggan-based councillor added: 'Hopefully common sense will prevail and the project will not be subjected to any delay at this critical stage and be allowed to proceed as a matter of urgency.' The HSE were more vague on the immediate future for plans to build a primary care centre in Swords.
It said: 'The HSE has received submissions for the provision of a Primary Care Centre for Swords. These submissions are being assessed. ' This is a commercially sensitive process given that terms etc have yet to be agreed and as such no further information can be provided at this time.'