Construction work on a new primary care centre in Inchicore, Dublin, is due to begin over the next month. The total capital budget for the project, which is due to be completed in late 2011, is €10.73 million.
The budget will fund all the costs associated with the project including design fees and equipment costs.
The centre will provide GP services in addition to public health nursing services, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work and addiction services.
A 50-bed community nursing unit is nearing completion on the same site.
Meanwhile, a new methadone clinic, which will address the lack of a comprehensive drug misuse service in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, operating from the Coolmine Industrial Estate, is set to commence in mid-April.
“The building is currently being refurbished and will be handed over by the builder next week [this week] and we intend to commence service delivery from April 19,” Ms Marion Horkan of the Drug Addiction Services in the HSE Area told the HSE Dublin North East Regional Health Forum last week.
Services in Dublin 15 have been fragmented and delivered from a number of different sites and this new facility will provide a “one-stop shop” addiction service to clients in this area which will consist of GP services, counseling, psychiatry, pharmacy dispensing, and rehabilitation and aftercare in conjunction with the voluntary and community