New health minister Simon Harris with Limerick TD Tom Neville and justice minister Frances Fitzgerald
A MULTI-million euro “state-of-the-art” primary healthcare centre is to commence construction in Limerick city centre this week, the HSE has revealed.
The new multi-facility complex will be located at Sarsfield Court, Lord Edward Street, and is expected to hugely benefit residents in the city centre and Ballinacurra-Weston area.
The Minister for Health Simon Harris recently announced the construction plans, which are expected to commence as early as today.
The new facility will provide GP, community nursing, dental, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, speech and language therapy, mental health, counselling, home help, and nutrition services.
According to the Department of Health, the centre will be open for at least five days a week, with extra hours at weekends and evenings for some services.
This is part of a public-private partnership, where a large share of the €70m funding has been backed by the European Investment Bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and German insurance company, Talanx.
Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne welcomed the announcement. She said that the complex will be a “versatile unit”, adding that the King’s Island care centre was a “success story”.
“It is good to see a facility such as this moving into the area because people, especially older people, will now be able to access services within their own locality and that is the most important message.
“It is going to have a mixture of everything and I think that is good,” she commented.
Labour councillor Elena Secas said that medical professionals have been eager to know of the project’s time of arrival, over the past year.
“I think that it is a good thing that this is happening. It is a good thing for Limerick, and my feeling is that it will definitely benefit, first of all, the community.”
While there have been critics of a public-private arrangement, Cllr Secas said “with the right approach, it can be managed very well”.