Primary care for Swords revived
After two years in limbo, the plan to bring a primary care centre to Swords has been revived with the HSE confirming exclusively to the Fingal Independent, that a new 'preferred provider' has been chosen for the project.
A previous plan to build Swords Primary Care Centre on a site at Bridge Street in Swords was well advanced before falling apart in 2015 when that site was sold with the intention of building a nursing home at that location instead.
That Primary Care Centre plan was initially pursued by the HSE along with Ardruim Partnership but in 2015, the HSE confirmed the proposal had died, saying: 'The HSE had been in advanced discussions with Adruim regarding the provision of a Primary Care Unit at the site in question, but our understanding is that they disposed of the site, following which the matter did not progress.'
Since then, the HSE has been looking for a new partner to develop a primary care centre for Swords on another site in the town and this week, it has been confirmed that a new provider has been chosen.
In response to a query from the Fingal Independent, the HSE confirmed: 'Regarding Swords, the HSE have completed the selection process and a preferred provider has been identified. We are currently progressing the legal aspects with the preferred provider, which we expect to be concluded within the third quarter of this year. The planning process will not commence until the legals are concluded.'
That suggests we could see a planning application for Swords Primary Care Centre by the end of the year.
The HSE did not reveal the name of their preferred provider or the site of the new proposal but the Fingal Independent understands that at least one bidder for the contract was proposing the Seatown Road/Swords Business Park area for the project.
The primary care centre proposal for Swords was the subject of controversy during Senator James Reilly's reign in the Department of Health where it appeared on a priority list for the delivery of primary care centres around the country. It was later removed from that list and was progressing on their own accord until hitting an iceberg, two years ago.