Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming has confirmed that capital funding has been provided by the HSE to commence planning for a new Primary Care Centre in Portlaoise.
Speaking about the news the Laois TD said that this would be a huge boost to the area, he said:
“It is good news that a new Primary Care Centre will be built in Portlaoise as such facilities are already available in most large urban areas.
“Four General Practices in Portlaoise have signed up to this Primary Care Centre which will be on the grounds of St. Fintan’s Hospital, Dublin Road, Portlaoise.
“This new facility will also provide all necessary therapies not just for the doctors whose practices are based in the Primary Care Centre but for all people in the area.
“The HSE has confirmed to me that provision can be made for G.P.’s who are not part of the new Primary Care Centre to use the facility for their patients by arrangement.
“This new Centre will involve a new build and a modification of part of the existing building already on the HSE campus.
“This project will be controlled and managed by the HSE and is not a private sector development.
“The total budget for this project is €10 million and the capital approval to commence this project in 2020 is €200,000.
“I have been in detail discussions with the HSE on this matter and I have asked them to do everything possible to ensure that this project is completed at the earliest possible date.
“Many people in Portlaoise have been calling for such a facility and it is good that the process is now underway.”