Primary care centre for Callan and Thomastown and Graig on the way

A NEW primary care unit is to be established in Callan removing the need for medical patients in the catchment area to travel to Kilkenny, Clonmel or Waterford for certain specialist services.

A NEW primary care unit is to be established in Callan removing the need for medical patients in the catchment area to travel to Kilkenny, Clonmel or Waterford for certain specialist services.

Deuty Ann Phelan was reacting to news from the Health Service executive (HSE) that it will continue the roll-out of Primary Care Centres in the heart of communities.

The Labour TD was told that plans for the creation of Primary Care Centres in Thomastown and Graignamanagh are ongoing. Deputy Phelan said that preparations are also on track with 11 of the 16 proposed Primary Care Teams operational in Carlow and Kilkenny and that ongoing work is progressing with the remaining five units, scheduled to be operational early in the New Year.

“I will continue to pursue the HSE about its Change Programme for Mental Health Services with regard to their Acute Day Hospitals project and the opening of home based treatment teams in the context of the ongoing Acute Mental Health rationalisation in the Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary in-patient services,” she said.

With regard to Services for the Elderly in Kilkenny, Deputy Phelan is anxious to ensure that investment in both St. Columba’s Hospital, Thomastown and the District Hospital, Castlecomer continues. She said that future age profile increases will require an expansion of current and capital funding for both institutions.

“The county cannot afford the continued loss of public beds in the high-dependancy continuing care element of health in both Thomastown and Castlecomer, or it may be plunged into the same crisis that occurred this year in the UK, because of an over reliance on private nursing homes, she said.