Friday 18 January 2019

Deliver on Swords Primary Care now

Deputy Alan Farrell.
Deputy Alan Farrell.

John Manning

There have been a number of attempts to bring a primary care centre to Swords in recent years but so far, all have ultimately failed and now a local Fine Gael TD has called on the Government to deliver investment in healthcare in Swords and provide a primary care centre for the town.

Deputy Alan Farrell TD said: 'We are all aware that the population in Swords is growing rapidly, and will continue to increase in the coming years. In order to cater for the needs of residents in Swords, and the future growth of the town, it is vital that the necessary infrastructure is provided to our local community as a matter of urgency.'

Deputy Farrell added: 'I believe it is vital that the health services provided for local residents are enhanced. As such, I believe the delivery of a Primary Care Centre for Swords must be a priority for the Government.'

The Fine Gael TD explained: 'Primary Care Centres provide important services for the local community in which they are based.

'Primary Care Centres are essential in terms of providing treatment which supplements those provided by our hospitals. Furthermore, the development of such a facility in Swords would provide residents with the required care facilities locally so they do not have to journey to hospital with health issues which could be treated by primary care.'

He added: 'Currently, we have waiting lists which are simply too long for a number of healthcare services in the North County.

'Long waiting lists for important services cannot be accepted.'

The local TD said: 'The inability of previous governments to deliver additional healthcare infrastructure in Swords has not gone unnoticed.

'While this is regrettable, it can no longer be tolerated as Swords continues to grow.

'The HSE must act now, and deliver the investment in health care Swords and its surrounding areas both needs and deserves, including the provision of a Primary Care Centre for the local community.'

Deputy Farrell concluded: 'A Primary Care Centre in Swords could potentially enhance the provision of those services, which are under great pressure, and work towards reducing waiting lists. This would allow those in need of a number of treatments, which do not require hospitalisation, to receive care in their own community in a more appropriate timeframe than is currently possible.'

Last August the HSE confirmed to the Fingal Independent that the plans to bring a primary care centre to Swords had been revived after two years in limbo after a plan to build the centre at a site on Bridge St was abandoned. The HSE said last summer that a new 'preferred bidder' had been identified. However, the people of Swords will have to see a sod being turned on the project before they are convinced this is not just another false dawn.

Fingal Independent