Over 100 jobs will be created during the construction of a new €14 million healthcare facility in North Co. Dublin.
When completed Balbriggan primary health care centre will employ over 80 permanent staff in a state-of-the-art 4,945 sq metres (53,000 sq ft) building in the town centre.
Fingal Co. Council has granted planning permission for the new centre on Dublin Street. Work on constructing the facility, which will include a pharmacy, café, retail units, doctors’ surgeries and offices, is expected to take 12 months. The four storey building will also offer 50 parking spaces.
In addition to the provision of surgery rooms for local general practitioners, Balbriggan Primary Care Centre will also house HSE facilities. This will include nurses rooms, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social worker offices, dental services, community mental health teams and a mental health day hospital.
Commenting on the go-ahead, a spokesman for Rhonellen Developments said: “We are looking forward to seeing this new care centre take shape and provide, in time, modern healthcare facilities which will serve the community in Balbriggan and the wider area.”
“Primary care will be the first point of contact for the public with health and personal social services. Its central focus is the delivery of a team-based approach to healthcare in the one location, providing modern facilities in a comfortable, caring environment.”
“Primary care centres are the appropriate locations for the vast majority of people who need to interact with personal social services and healthcare. When operating effectively, it will significantly reduce the requirement for individuals to visit costly acute general hospitals”
“Rhonellen Developments is delighted to be involved with local healthcare providers and the HSE in developing what will be the cornerstone and first point of contact of care for the community,” the spokesman added.