Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, will open the new Glenties Primary Care Centre tomorrow, Monday, at 9.30am and the new extension to the Dungloe Community Hospital at 11.30am.
The Glenties centre located in the town centre represents a €1.7 million investment in providing health care in the region. The €500,000 extension to Dungloe Community Hospital is also seen as a major boost.
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher said he was delighted that work which began when he was Minister of State in the Department fo Health was finally coming to fruitition.
He said back then Dungloe Community Hospital had been approved for an extension to provide additional facilities which will include four single ensuite bedrooms, a day room with disabled toilet and a sensory garden within a safe environment. This project was estimated to cost in the region of €500,000. In relation to the Glenties Primary Care Centre, it was targeted to provide Primary Care Services and Community Service Clinics which will be used by the broader community for social interaction and activities, he said.
“The new centre will enable primary care to centre on the needs of individuals and groups of people, and will match their needs with the competencies required to meet them. Some of the essential components will include assessment, diagnosis, therapy, nursing, social services referral and rehabilitation. All developments are totally funded by the HSE and are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive’s Estates North West Office. I’d like to thanks all involved in getting this to the stage its now at and pay tribute to the staff in both locations for theitr patience and persistence in seeing these projects through.”
He added he had been working closely with the respective groups, has warmly welcomed these developments, particularly at this time of budgetary constraints.
Independent councillor Terence Slowey said that the new Primary Care Centre at Glenties will transform Primary Care in the area and replace the cramped existing facility. Hadded he wanted to acknowledge the role played by Father Pat Prendergast the Parish Priest of Glenties in providing the site which is right in the Centre of Glenties Town. He also welcomed the opening of the extension to the Dungloe Community Hospital as very good news for west Donegal.