A €7.8 million Primary Health Care facility opened to the public in Newbridge on a phased basis recently.
The new facility is located on a one-acre site beside St Conleth’s Vocational school and will employ up to 100 people.
“The HSE are working towards a phased opening of the HSE services at the new primary care centre in Newbridge by mid to late May,” said HSE spokesperson Arlene Crean.
“The services to be provided by the Newbridge Primary Care Team include nursing services, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, home help services, psychology, social work and speech and language. In addition a mental health outpatient clinic and a mental health day service will also operate from the new premises.”
The campus, which was built by Kilcock-based Sammon Contracting Ltd, provides a one-stop healthcare service, including GP and HSE services.
The three-storey facility incorporates several medical consulting and treatment rooms, dental treatment rooms, an occupational assessment room, a pharmacy, speech and language therapy rooms, a physiotherapy gymnasium, a children’s health room and a cafe.
The third storey will be a purpose-built further education facility for the VEC.
The VEC exchanged the land for the sports hall and further education centre in a deal worth €1.5 million to the educational body.
It was also called a “happy merger” between health and education at the official contract signing on Friday, January 6, 2012.
Project manager for the HSE Niall Bowen said at the time that the HSE will lease the facility for the next 25 years from Sammon Contracting Ltd.
“The whole idea is to take the pressure off Naas Hospital,” he said. “This will be for the people of Newbridge to bring primary health care into the community rather than it being hospital-based.”
- Paula Campbell