The doctors of Ayrfield medical centre, Granges Road, Kilkenny welcomed Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and local TD John McGuinness, Chairman of the Public Accounts Commitee, to their medical centre recently.
The FF Leader was impressed 26000 square foot primary care centre and took the time out to see the facilities available which include a seven doctor general practice and a fully fuctioning primary care team with access to physiotherapy occupational health, psychiatric and geriatric community services as well as a host of allied health services including dentistry and pharmacy.
During the visit, doctors explained the concept of a one stop shop where all the needs of a primary care population can be served in one location. This was not new to Mr Martin as he was Health Minister when the primary care strategy was first launched in 2001.
Deputy McGuinness complimented the staff and said the medical park was developed to integrate primary and secondary care services in the community. “It has strived to achieve this in the public and private sector and its close links with St Luke’s Hospital and Aut Even hospital in the city could serve as a blueprint for other primary care services nationally.”
Mr Martin was shown around the facility and was shown the various clinics that are being run in the building. Cardiac screening facilities and the community psychiatric clinic were explained and the teams hopes for a fully functioning community geriatric clinic were outlined.
Both men were very interested in the workings of the primary care team which is located in the building. They spent over an hour in discussions with the medics outlining the Fianna Fail party’s health policy and their interest in the further developing of primary care with the potential savings of procedures as a result. Clinics run in primary care versus secondary care is something Deputy McGuinness has a huge personal interest in because, he pointed out it makes better sense and saves money while not affecting patient care.