THERE has been a big welcome in Kilcock for the news that the town has been short-listed to host a new health project.
The Kilcock Community Network said it is delighted with the recent announcement that Kilcock has been selected as a priority area for a “Primary Care” facility.
Spokesperson, Dave Flanagan, said this is part of a Primary Care development stimulus programme announced by the Government last week.
Thirty five locations were identified throughout Ireland of which 20 will be commissioned subject to agreement between the local GPs and the HSE on active local GP involvement in the centres. Kilcock is the only County Kildare location in the initial 35 group to be selected.
Mr. Flanagan said the Kilcock Community Network in conjunction with Integrated Services Programme have been working hard for the last number of months, through numerous meetings with stakeholders, to highlight the need for a Primary Care Unit for the area’s growing population. “We hope that we are in the first round of 10 projects to be started,” he said.
The key objective of the Primary Care Strategy is to develop services in the community which will give people direct access to integrated multi-disciplinary teams of general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health care disciplines.
Mr. Flanagan said in a recent in depth survey carried out in Kilcock by the County Kildare Leader Partnership the shortfall in health service provision was clearly identified. “This announcement is a great piece of positive news for our community. We have many objectives to deliver for our town and a Primary Care Unit is one of our top three.”
Mr. Flanagan said they would like to thank all those who assisted them in getting our town selected. “We wish to offer our sincere thanks to the James Reilly Minister for Health, Roisin Shortall TD and Minister of State, Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care. We look forward to the establishment of a Primary Care unit for the Kilcock community.”