Health Minister says thousands will get 'better care, close to home' at new Limerick health centre

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Health Minister says thousands will get 'better care, close to home' at new Limerick health centre

The new state-of-the-art Barrack View primary healthcare centre on Lord Edward Street PICTURE: ADRIAN BUTLER

THE MINISTER for Health Simon Harris has said that the new state-of-the-art healthcare centre in Limerick city centre will improve locals’ access to “better care, close to home”.

This Monday afternoon, Minister Harris welcomed the opening of the Barrack View primary healthcare centre on Lord Edward Street, following a multi-million investment from the international banking sector.

The new two-storey complex will officially open its doors next Monday, serving more than 10,000 people in the city.

Barrack View is one of 14 new complexes nationwide, with €70m being provided by the European Investment Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Talanx Asset Management. 

Speaking at the launch this week, Minister Harris said that it was a “pleasure” to open the new facility.

“Primary care is at the heart of what we do in the Health Service. Facilities, like this one here in Limerick, ensure that we can deliver more health care in the community, so that people can access better care, close to home. This shift towards primary care will help keep people well and minimise the number of patients being admitted to our hospitals.

“This Government has invested significantly in recent times in our primary care infrastructure and we now have 110 modern, well equipped primary care centres. These centres allow our primary care teams and GPs to be located together, which means the delivery of a wider range of integrated primary care services,” he stated. 

HSE services provided at the new centre include public health nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology services, and dietetic services. Dr Gerard O’Brien will also be stationed at the clinic as resident GP. 

HSE Mid-West’s chief officer, Bernard Gloster said that Monday marked “another miletsone” for the region’s healthcare infrastructure. 

“Primary care is the bedrock of the reform of the Irish health service, and we are very pleased to have arrived at this juncture today.”