Minister marks commencement of new Cork Primary Care Centre

Monday 26th September 2016

Minister for Health Simon Harris today officially marked the commencement of building works for the new Primary Care Centre(PCC) in Gurranabraher, Cork with a tree planting ceremony.   This new PCC is being built directly by the HSE and is the first of its kind in Ireland.  The centre will include a dedicated space for local GPs.  The state-of-the-art building will provide accommodation for both GPs and HSE staff to work together as a team in one Primary Care setting to meet the health needs of up to 40,000 people in the locality.   The Centre will be home to a range of services including: GPs, Public Health and Community Nursing, Home Support, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, along with Occupational Therapy, Dietician, Podiatry, Psychology, Counselling, Eye Clinic, Immunisation, Mental Health Teams and the Home-based Crisis Team, Community Workers and some other services (e.g. Warfarin screening, diabetic retinopathy screening).

Today’s event formally marked the initiation of the construction process which began last year on the grounds of St. Mary’s Health Campus.     Minister Harris said, “Centres like the one being developed here at St. Mary’s are key to the future of healthcare in Ireland.  Primary Care services help to keep people well and reduce, as far as possible, the number of patients admitted to hospitals in the first place.  I think of it as better care, closer to home.”   Ms. Teresa O’Donovan, Head of Primary Care, Community Health Office Cork, also speaking at today’s event said, “I am delighted to be here today to mark the commencement of works on this new Primary Care Centre for the people of North West Cork.  This is the kind of service the public wants and deserves.  This new facility will provide a range of integrated services, all in the same building.”   Ms. O’Donovan continued, “Primary care services aim to support and promote the health and wellbeing of the population by making people’s first point of contact with our health services easily accessible, integrated and locally based. This state of the art development will provide the infrastructure which will enable greater collaboration between GPs and the HSE services, something that is of enormous benefit to patients.”

Services in the north west of the city of Cork are currently delivered across a number of sites. This new Primary Care Centre will allow for the transfer of HSE services and staff from buildings which no longer meet the requirements of a modern health service, to a modern fit for purpose setting where GPs and other health professionals can work together as a team in one setting.   The Primary Care Centre will also provide accommodation for University College Cork including a Dental School service, the faculty of General Practice, along with a Centre for Urban Health Studies and a Health & Wellbeing Centre. This will provide potential opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate education and training programmes including an innovative multi-disciplinary Masters in Urban Health & Wellbeing.

Last updated on: 26 / 09 / 2016