HSE Mid-West team outside the new centre: Carmel McLaughlin, Mike Aherne and Kate Duggan Picture: Adrian Butler
A NEW state-of-the-art primary healthcare complex in Limerick is ready to open its doors following a major multi-million euro investment from the international banking sector.
Barrack View primary healthcare centre, located at Sarsfield Court, Lord Edward Street, will officially open its doors on February 19, more than four years after the Health Service Executive sought planning permission for the project.
The 60-room, two-storey complex will serve a population of 10,422 people from a number of communities in the city; from O’Connell Avenue to Southill.
Next Monday, Minister for Health Simon Harris will officially launch the new facility, which saw a major investment from the European Investment Bank, which arranged a joint-loan with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Talanx Asset Management.
This new centre is one of 14 new complexes nationwide, with €70m being provided by the banking consortium. It is the first time that the EIB has invested in Irish healthcare facilities.
Barrack View was delivered through a Public-Private Partnership mechanism (PPP), comprising of Prime, Balfour Beatty and InfraRed Capital Partners Limited. Aramark has been appointed to manage the facility for a period of 25 years.
When asked how much the Limerick facility cost to deliver, the HSE stated, on behalf of the PPP: “This information is not available as it is considered commercially sensitive and also costs are included is overall costs for a number of such centres under the PPP.”
Dr Gerard O’Brien has been appointed the resident GP in the centre. HSE Mid-West’s head of primary care services, Kate Duggan confirmed that there is scope for additional resident GPs at the centre.
Thirteen other GPs, belonging to the Ballinacurra-Weston care team, are also affiliated with the healthcare centre.
HSE services provided at the new centre include public health nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology services, and dietetic services.
The centre will enable multi-discplinary services currently delivered from a number of locations in Limerick to be delivered on a single site. It will support closer coordination between the healthcare professionals on the Ballinacurra-Weston primary care team, the primary care network services and the local community.
Ms Duggan said that the Barrack View clinical team will meet to coordinate and schedule appointments, with the resident GP to brief the team on patients’ assessment needs.
She said that the community will be invited to attend the facility on February 19 “to come and see the facility and get to know that this is our primary care centre, these are our staff, this is our nurse, this is our physio, and we want to feel part of this. So part of it will be around engaging with the wider community within Ballinacurra, and looking at within this population what are the needs”.
She added that “health and wellbeing is part of everything that we do, so every opportunity we are trying to promote health and wellbeing. It is the future in how we prevent chronic disease and illness, and we want to shift more towards preventative than reactive”.