BIG READ: ‘Very interesting and heartwarming to see this development in Tipperary’


Taoiseach Micheál Martin officially opened the Thurles Primary Care Center on Friday. The state-of-the-art facility is located on Rue Mitchel, Thurles.

The center opened in July and serves approximately 16,207 people. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was delighted to open the centre.

“A truly comprehensive service that can grow and expand – that’s the future of healthcare.

“The services here will keep a lot of people out of hospital and treat a lot of chronic disease issues in the community, which will mean a lot more access for people to their health care.

“It is very interesting and heartwarming to see this development in Tipperary,” the Taoiseach said.

The Thurles Primary Care Center consolidates services that were previously provided by St. Mary’s Health Center and the Primary Care Hub on the grounds of Assumption Community Hospital.

The two-storey building houses a range of clinical, maintenance, group, diagnostic and booking rooms, a GP service and a community response team.

It was developed to meet the highest standards for infection control, safety and energy. The center is part of the national Enhanced Community Care (ECC) program and Sláintecare.

“A key goal of the Sláintecare program is to deliver more care in or near communities.

This facility, together with other investments made through Sláintecare and the Enhanced Community Care program, will help keep the residents of Thurles and surrounding areas safe, well-being and healthy in their homes for as long as possible.

“I am delighted to officially open Thurles Primary Care Centre, and have no doubt it will play a key role in providing high quality healthcare in North Tipperary for generations to come,” the Taoiseach said. . The facility now serves patients in Thurles and the surrounding areas of Littleton, Moycarkey, Two-mile Borris, Ballymoreen, Rahealty, Longford Pass, Holycross, Inch, Kilrush, Ballycahill and Moyaliffe.

It includes departments of psychology, prenatal awareness, child services, diabetic retinopathy screening, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and more.

Maria Bridgeman, chief executive of HSE Mid West Community Healthcare, said the new primary care center is part of a larger plan for health care in the Midwest.

“Our staff are justifiably proud of this new facility, and I want to thank everyone who worked on opening it.
Already, our committed team offers a wide range of services, all of which are enhanced by the ability to come together under one roof.

“Combined with our other investments in the Midwest, including the opening of other new primary care centers in Ennis and Newcastle West in the coming months, HSE Mid West Community Healthcare is bringing the benefits of SláinteCare to people in our region.

“I also look forward to the development of new primary care centers for North Tipperary residents in Nenagh, Roscrea and Ballina over the next few years,” Ms Bridgeman said.

Also attending the event are a number of Councilors and TD’s representing the region and Tipperary at large.
Thurles-Templemore Cathaoirleach Peggy Ryan said she has personally seen the benefits of the service.

“A health center like this is another progressive step for care in the city. They previously opened ICPOP which is another fantastic service.

“I had the privilege of taking my daughter for developmental care, so I can vouch that this is fantastic service,” said Cllr Ryan.

The Integrated Care for the Elderly Program, or ICPOP, is a community-based service for older people with complex needs.

It was opened in Thurles during the summer. Thurles Councilor Sean Ryan said he hopes to see more centers like this in the county.

“We are absolutely delighted to have this installation in Thurles. We have been waiting for this for a long time and there have been many false auroras.

“So seeing so many different sections of the health service centralized in one place will make it easier to reach so many patients.

“It’s a fantastic facility and it’s great to see the Taoiseach open the facility, and hopefully it will be the start of many more of these facilities across Tipperary,” said Cllr Ryan.

Cllr Seamus Hanafin commented on the modernity and brightness of the facility. “It’s great to see this facility open.

“A lot of these services were in place at St Marys, which is a building that opened in the 1920s and to move here to a bright new beautiful building like this is fantastic.

All services are here in a modern facility to meet all the needs of Thurles and the region, and it’s great to see it open and operational.

Senator Garret Ahearn said the new center was a great service to Thurles and hosted the Taoiseach for the official opening of the facility.

“I think talking to people from all over Thurles, they really appreciate the service. It’s been up and running for a while now, and people are really happy with it, so it’s a good day and a very welcome one, Senator Ahearn said.

Labor TD Alan Kelly welcomed the facility but said it and all departments in Tipperary needed to be better resourced.
He said he was particularly concerned about the services of general practitioners and the lack of home help, therapists and nurses.

Deputy Kelly said there is a need to examine why qualified people are leaving the country. But, centers like this help do the “heavy lifting” in the community, he added.

“But the building, and it’s a fantastic building, and it’s great that the Taoiseach came here, but a building is only a building if it has the volume of resources and people it needs.

“We really need to fix this because the level of human resources across the whole health service is appalling, and it’s the worst I’ve ever seen.

“We have a huge backlog of vacancies, and they need to be filled,” Kelly said.


It was a busy day for the Taoiseach, who made several other visits to Thurles.
On Friday morning, he visited Mary Immaculate College, whose expansion he says is great for the region.

“Thurles is becoming an important center for higher and further education. It’s quite interesting and exciting for the area,” the Taoiseach said.

Afterwards, Taoiseach Martin visited the Lions Trust Stanwix housing estate on which he said: “We went to the Stanwix housing estate where the Lions Trust is carrying out a fantastic project both to restore housing and add new housing as well as for the elderly and those who are vulnerable. ; helping people regain independent living.

He also met We Just Want to Swim-Templemore activist Deirdre Ryan to discuss the current situation at Garda College, Templemore, as well as a walking tour of Liberty Square where he greeted many locals.


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