Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East has received confirmation that the Portumna Primary Care Centre will open by June 2024.

The Portumna Primary Care Centre was one of six new primary care centres identified and prioritised in the HSE’s Capital Plan for 2023.

In an update received from the Department of Health, Minister Rabbitte has been told that the facility will now become operational in Quarter 2 2024.

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Minister Rabbitte commented:

It’s very welcome news that Portumna Primary Care Centre will be open by June 2024.

I’ve been a long-time advocate of this project because it is so badly needed for the town.

Indeed, when the Centre opens, it will be a major boost to the people of Portumna and the surrounding areas as well.

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and she continued: 

We’ve already opened a number of primary care centres around Galway and it will be fantastic to have Portumna coming on stream next year.

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This  has been a long time in the works and while taking longer than initially expected, it’s great to have the end-line in sight.

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Dr Sean Higgins, Partner, Galway Primary Care; Dr Roderick Fahey, Portumna Primary Care, Dr Mairead Kelly; GP Enniscorthy and Dr Dermot Nolan, Partner, Tramore Medical Centre at the IMT GP Seminar, Sustainability and Standards.

and she concluded: 

Primary Care plays such an important role in the health service and it is integral for people to have access to the supports and services they need in their community.

Primary Care Centres can help ease the pressure on hospitals by having people seen locally instead of heading to neighbouring towns where it’s already busy or needing to head into Galway Hospital.

They really are an important cog in the wheel.

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