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Alex White, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care officially opened the HSE Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health Centre

Pictured at the official opening of Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health Centre are Alex White, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care, Michelle Forde, General Manager, HSE Dublin North City and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Kieran Dennison.

Alex White, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care officially opening the HSE Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health Centre.  Pictured with Michelle Forde, General Manager, HSE Dublin North City and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Kieran Dennison

 

HSE press release

The Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health Centre is located in Grove Court Complex beside the offices of Fingal County Council which is conveniently located close to the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. The centre provides a wide range of social and health care services to the local population in Dublin 15 and the wider North West Dublin area.

The HSE completed the process of moving a broad range of services from various locations in Dublin 15 into this new facility at the end of November. The centre now accommodates two Primary Care Teams – Ongar Primary Care Team and Mountview/Blakestown/Coolmine Primary Care Team, and additional primary care staff who provide services across Dublin 15. The range of multi-disciplinary services available include public health nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology, social work, clinical nutrition and dietetics. The Community Mental Health Team for Blanchardstown West is also located at the centre. The team which is lead by two consultants comprises a Social Worker, Psychologist, Community Psychiatric Nurses and Occupational Therapists. Dr. Patrick McCarthy and Dr. Mukesh Laloo have their practices located at the centre which further enhances the range of services available.

Speaking at the official opening Minister White said, “In a developed primary care system up to 95 per cent of peoples’ needs can be met in a primary care setting. It is hoped that the professionals in this centre, working together and in tandem with other colleagues will allow many in the local population to receive the service they require in the community and avoid admission to hospital. The Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health Centre is a shining example of what can be achieved to facilitate the delivery of modern Primary Care Services.”

Des O’Flynn, Area Manager, HSE Dublin North City said, “This new centre will allow the public to have easy access to a wide range of social and health care services in one location and will help our clinicians and staff better respond to their clients needs, improving collaboration across disciplines while supporting our goal of better access to local health and social care for all our citizens.”

The Blanchardstown Primary Care and Mental Health Centre is a bright, modern and spacious facility, and benefits from a well-proportioned physiotherapy gym, occupational therapy gym and a purpose built wound treatment clinic and group rooms.

The centre is the first purpose designed structure for primary care within the area, and is an example of the high standards that are envisaged in the future developments of primary care services including those to be built in Corduff, Finglas, Grangegorman and Ashtown/Navan Road.

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Further information is available from: Katherine Cregan, Area Communications Office, HSE Dublin North East, Tel (046) 9280587/087 3801682