New health Care facility opens in Newbridge

At the launch of the health center in January 2012 were Paddy O'Hora, MCOH Architects; Sean Ashe, CEO Kildare VEC; Mary Lonergan, Principal, St. Conleths Community College; Ross McNamara, MCOH Architects, Cllr. Paddy Kennedy, Chairman, Kildare VEC and Sean O' Fearghil TD; at the the contract signing for the appointment of contractors for the new Newbridge Primary Care and Sports Facility at St. Conleths Community College. Photo Tony Keane
A €7.8 million Primary Health Care facility opened to the public in Newbridge on a phased basis recently.

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