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  • Northside West

Drug clinic plan causes concern

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018 8:00am
Drug clinic plan causes concern
Drug clinic plan causes concern

Adam Daly

NEWS that the Tolco Cabra Drug Treatment Clinic at Broombridge Close is to be shut down for up to 15 months to allow for roof repairs has sparked fears of violence.

Clients at the Tolco Clinic may be sent to the Wellmount Clinic in Finglas West or to local GPs while the work is carried out.

However, some local addiction workers are worried that moving addicts from Cabra to Wellmount could pose a “significant risk” to children attending two nearby primary schools.

Chairperson of the Finglas Cabra Drug Task Force, Cllr Teresa Keegan (Ind), has written to the HSE expressing local concern about the plans.

“As you know, violent conflict between groups of unstable addicts on the street outside Wellmount and Tolco is a regular occurrence,” she wrote. “Moving an unstable group of addicts from Cabra to Wellmout will only add to the potential for more violent conflict to take place.”

A worker in the Wellmount Clinic in Finglas also voiced their concern to Northside People. The worker said staff had not yet been made aware whether they would have an influx from the Tolco clinic when it closes and expressed concern as it already caters to a great number of clients in the Finglas area. 

Cllr Keegan also said moving addicts from Cabra to Finglas would destabilise an existing understanding between the HSE and residents, schools and businesses in the Wellmount neighbourhood.

“The main basis for that understanding is that the Wellmount Clinic was established to provide drug treatment for addicts from Finglas,” she added. “There will be widespread concern through the Finglas West area if the HSE intend disregarding this.

“Moving the Cabra clinic addicts to local GPs is also not an acceptable option as it can only add to the current 3-4 week wait to see a GP in the greater Finglas and Cabra areas.”

According to HSE officials, the Tolco clinic will close for health and safety reasons as the works need to carried out when the building is unoccupied.

In response to a parliamentary question from local TD Mary Lou McDonald (SF), the HSE said the roof was damaged beyond repair and the health authority had been advised that it had to be replaced.

“The repair of the roof will take up to 15 months,” the response reads.

“No timeline has been set yet for the closure of the clinic; however, the works will need to be carried out in the near future. The clinic will remain open until the first phase of the works commence.”

The HSE said a full individual clinical review of every client using the service would be carried out to determine the best clinical option for their care while the works are underway.

“The disruption to service users of the treatment service (Tolco) is the immediate concern of the HSE,” the response to Deputy McDonald adds.

“There will be a full individual clinical review of each patient attending the service to determine the best option for their ongoing care during the closure of the clinic.

“The clinical reviews will be carried out by the local clinical team, appointed by their line managers.

“Following the completion of this exercise, we will put in place the overall clinical plan to provide the on-going care supports for the service users attending this clinic.”

The HSE also confirmed that no timeline has been set for the closure but added the works would need to be carried out in the “near future”.

The clinic will remain open until the first phase of works commences to determine the full extent of the project.  The HSE also said that it will reopen once the works are completed.

Cllr Keegan has asked the HSE why the roof repairs will take so long to complete and has requested a clinical managemen plan for Tolco clients.

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