Press Release

120 Primary Care Centres now open as Minister Harris opens Celbridge and updates on national progress

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Monday) officially opened Celbridge Primary Care Centre in Co. Kildare saying that the centre shows how “that the move toward primary and community care is becoming a reality.”

Minister Harris said, “Primary Care Centres have a key role to play in delivering on our vision of a reformed health service and can deliver better care, closer to people’s homes in their local communities.

“I am pleased to see the very welcome expansion of services that is taking place within primary care, including the recruitment of additional Occupational Therapists; Speech and Language Therapists; and Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists.

“There will be continued investment in both the development of primary care infrastructure and services in the months and years ahead so that we can shift more care out of hospitals and into the community, and in line with the Sláintecare reforms.”
There are now 120 operational PCCs around the country, and the Minister noted that even as he was officially opening the Celbridge facility, another centre in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, had become operational. A total of 12 centres have become operational so far in 2018 and a further seven are scheduled to become operational by the end of the year. (See note for editors).

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Notes to Editors

The Centres are delivered in three different ways:

· through direct build by the HSE;
· through an operational lease mechanism; and
· through the Public Private Partnership project bundle of 14 centres which will be completed by the end of 2018.

In addition to those centres referenced below, a further 60 are at various stages of the development process.

Centres that Became Operational to date in 2018

Sligo Ballymote* CHO 1
Mayo Ballinrobe CHO 2
Mayo Claremorris CHO 2
Mayo Westport CHO 2
Roscommon Boyle CHO 2
Limerick Limerick City – Ballinacurra / Weston / Lord Edward Street CHO 3
Wexford Wexford Town CHO 5
Kildare Kilcock CHO 7
Dublin Cashel Road/Walkinstown (Crumlin) CHO 7
Dublin Grangegorman CHO 9
Dublin Coolock (Coolock South Combined with Coolock North Darndale) CHO 9

*Not fully operational

To Open for the Remainder of 2018

Dublin Kilnamanagh/Tymon (Junction House) CHO 7
Louth Drogheda North CHO 8
Waterford Dungarvan CHO 5
Waterford Waterford City (East) CHO 5
Cork Knocknaheeny Fairhill Gurranebraher City centre (Cork City North West) CHO 4
Offaly Tullamore CHO 8
Dublin NE Inner City Summerhill CHO 9

Expected To Open in 2019

Kerry Tralee CHO 4

Cork Newmarket CHO 4
Cork Carrigtowhill CHO 4
Dublin Baggot Street / Sandymount (Royal Hospital Donnybrook Temp Accommodation) CHO 6
Dublin Rialto/The Coombe CHO 7