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  • Northside East

Minister Harris visits Portmarnock

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 6:00pm
Minister Harris visits Portmarnock

Little Amelia Murray (20 months) and her mother Nadine Murphy with Minister for Health Simon Harris at the official opening of Portmarnock Primary Care Centre. PHOTO: TOMMY CLANCY

Minister Harris visits Portmarnock

Little Amelia Murray (20 months) and her mother Nadine Murphy with Minister for Health Simon Harris at the official opening of Portmarnock Primary Care Centre. PHOTO: TOMMY CLANCY

MINISTER for Health Simon Harris visited the Northside last week to officially open Portmarnock Primary Care Centre,  

The centre, which is located at Kingsford Cross, became operational in December 2017. It has been delivered through operational lease mechanism like other new centres in Balbriggan and Blanchardstown.

It is providing primary care services for Portmarnock and some network services for the wider catchment areas within the network to include Malahide, Howth/Sutton and Baldoyle.

The Portmarnock Primary Care team is based in the centre. The HSE operates a number of primary care services from the centre. These include Public Health Nursing including specialist wound treatment room, Primary Care Speech and Language Therapy, Primary Care Occupational Therapy, Primary Care Physiotherapy, Primary Care Psychology services, Primary Care Social Work Services and GP Services. 

There is also bookable group space for the running of health promotion programmes, breastfeeding support groups, visiting services, counselling services and parenting classes and information sessions. 

Minister Harris said it was a pleasure to be in Portmarnock to officially open the centre. 

“Primary care is at the heart of what we do in the health service,” he said.

“Making the shift towards primary care in order to deliver better care close to home in communities across the country is paramount. 

“It remains a key priority for the Government and is one of the key features of Sláintecare. This new facility is providing a wonderful, modern day service to the local community.” 

Des O’Flynn, Head of Primary Care, Dublin North City and County, described the facility as fantastic for local residents, offering a wide range of services.  

“We passionately believe in the potential of primary and community based health services to improve healthcare and ease pressure on our hospitals,” said Mr O’Flynn.  

“CHO DNCC (Community Healthcare Organisation, Dublin North City & County) has recently seen the delivery of a number of new Primary Care Centres including Balbriggan, Coolock, Corduff, Grangegorman and the recently opened Summerhill Primary Care Centre. 

“I look forward to the continuous expansion of our network of primary care centres in CHO Dublin North City and County and the range of health services these centres can provide.

"From 2011 to 2016 the population in north Dublin increased by 14,790, up 6.1 percent, the over 65 population increased in that time by 5,749 or 39 percent of the total increase. 

“The population is projected to increase by a further 26,193 in Dublin North, a 10.1 percent increase over 2016 by 2026, 10 years from now. Of this, the over 65 population is projected to increase by 10,296 a further 39 percent of the total population increase in Dublin North. 

“This cohort of the population has a greater need to access health services and this development is about facilitating that access.” 

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