When is the exact opening date for the primary care centre in Balbriggan, and what services will be available when this service opens? HSE Response: The Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan will be completed and operational for Quarter 2, 2017. The services that will be available in the Primary Care Centre will include;
· Speech & Language · Public Health Nursing · Occupational Therapy · Physiotherapy · Dental · Mental Health · CAMHS (Child Adult Mental Health Services) · GP Service
Will any new additional staff be employed in the new primary care centre in Balbriggan? HSE Response: The new Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan will be wholly operated by existing Primary Care staff. Primary Care Staff currently providing a service through 2 fully functioning Primary Care Teams for the Balbriggan rural, urban and Balscadden areas will be relocated to this site once the new Primary Care Centre becomes operational. Support staff including Porters, Administration and other service staff who currently provide support to both Primary Care teams will also be relocated to this site when it is operational. Will the new primary care centre in Balbriggan offer scans? HSE Response: I wish to advise that the HSE does not intend to provide scanning facilities in the new Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan.
Will free parking be made available for the users of new Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan? HSE Response: The Primary Care Centre in Balbriggan will comprise of 53 car parking spaces. There will be 30 dedicated car parking spaces for use free of charge. Access to the car park will be restricted for staff and patrons of the service. The HSE are currently in consultation with the developer regarding access rights for the remaining car park spaces. Will the new primary care centre in Balbriggan offer maternity care? What specific type of care will be available? What antenatal services will be extended to the new primary care centre in Balbriggan? HSE Response: The HSE can confirm that following on from discussions held with the Rotunda Hospital a decision has been made to extend their current Antenatal Outreach Service. The Antenatal Outreach Service will commence in Rush Health Centre on 1st February 2017, offering a service to women from Balbriggan, Rush, Lusk and Skerries areas, who are currently travelling to Swords Health Centre for this service. It is planned to move this outreach service to the new primary care centre in Balbriggan when the new centre is operational. As the service is run by the Rotunda Hospital who will be reconfiguring their own outreach service, if required, there will be no additional staffing requirements for CHO Dublin North City and County.
Is mise, Louise O'Reilly TD Dublin Fingal