Today (Friday, 26th June, 2015) the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar T.D., officially opened the new Centric Health Navan Road Medical and Dental practice and the HSE’s Navan Road Primary Care Centre.
Speaking at the official opening Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar said: “The Navan Road primary care centre is the second provided by the Government in Dublin West, after the Blanchardstown Primary Centre which opened last year. It’s a fantastic facility for local residents, offering GP surgeries, physiotherapy, occupational and speech and language therapy, social work, psychology and mental health teams. A third centre in Dublin West is now under construction in Corduff and will open next year. These new primary care centres join over 40 locations already across the country opened since 2011, with another 30 underway. Of these 14 will be delivered by PPP and will receive funding from the European Investment Bank, the first time the Bank has invested in health care infrastructure in Ireland.”
The development which is a newly constructed large bespoke facility is located on the corner of Cabra Road and the Navan Road in Dublin 7. The facility provides 3,252 sq m/ 35,000 sq ft of space over four stories to accommodate a wide range of health services in one campus.
The Centric Health Navan Road Medical & Dental practice comprises a team of 10 professionals including three GPs, Dr. Roisin Lyons, Dr. Shane Quigley and Dr.Michael Hayes. The Centric Health practice operates from 8:30am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) offering a wide range of services including Antenatal Care, Blood Tests, Under 6 GP Care including Child Vaccinations, Health Screening, Physiotherapy, STI Screening and 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring. The practice provides for both medical and non-medical card patients. The practice will also be joined by Dr Irene Lavin and Dr Ciaran O’Driscoll from the Navan Road dental practice.
Also attending the opening were the retired GPs who built up the Navan Road practice over many years – Dr. Owen Carey, Dr. Maurice Brennan, Dr. Dympna Frawley.
Centric Health’s primary care mission is to keep people healthy in their own communities. Its model is based on working in partnership with established colleagues to deliver multidisciplinary care in modern bespoke premises. This is the third centre Centric Health has delivered in partnership with the HSE as part of the national primary care strategy.
Speaking at the opening of the practice, Centric Health co-founder, Dr. Moss Cox said: “Centric Health & Clarington Primary Care are delighted to participate in this world-class primary care facility with the HSE. The Navan Road Medical and Dental Care practice is our fourteenth primary care facility and our fourth in North Dublin (the others are in Finglas, Raheny and Swords). Today marks a new chapter in the proud tradition of the Navan Road practice and we are very conscious that we are following in the footsteps of Doctors Carey, Brennan and Frawley who served this community so well for many years.”
He added: “We passionately believe in the potential of primary and community based health services to improve healthcare and ease pressure on hospitals. We will therefore continue to expand our network of primary care practices and the range of health services these centres can provide. Core to this plan will be delivering a number of further Primary Care centres for the HSE over the next 2-3 years like the fantastic facility we have the privilege to open today.”
The HSE’s Navan Road Primary Care Centre is bright, modern and spacious accommodates two HSE primary care teams; the Ashtown/Navan Road Primary Care Team and the Cabra West Primary Care Team. The centre also accommodates additional HSE primary care staff who provide services to people living across Dublin 7.
The range of multi-disciplinary services available from the primary care centre include public health nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology, social work, clinical nutrition and dietetics. The centre also accommodates a well-proportioned physiotherapy gym, occupational therapy gym and a purpose-built wound treatment clinic in additional to a range of other clinic and group meeting rooms.
There are also two HSE community mental health teams based at the primary care centre who provide services for the entire Dublin 7 area. The community mental health teams are consultant led and included a social worker, psychologist, community psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists. There is also a Community Mental Health Day Hospital accommodated within the primary care centre.
Speaking at the event, Des O’ Flynn HSE Area Manager Dublin North City said: “The co-location of primary care services in the new Centric Health and Navan Road Primary Care facility has enabled the HSE to significantly increase the range and type of health care we can provide locally to the community and has facilitated the enhanced integration between health services in our community. This will result in increased patient centered care being delivered locally to a model of best practice.”
The Navan Road Primary Care Centre was developed by Clarington Primary Care, a joint venture between Centric Health and Leading Edge Project Managers led by Managing Director P.J. Monaghan. The project team also included Hussey Architects; Kerrigan Sheanon Newman, quantity surveyors and Mythen Construction.