A county councillor fears Carrick-on-Suir will temporarily lose its community dental service while the new Primary Care Health Centre is being built on the grounds of St Brigidâ€™s Hospital.
Cllr. Kieran Bourke has highlighted his concerns about the community dental service transferring to Clonmel until the new Primary Care Centre is up and running.
He called on the HSE not to go ahead with this option and instead relocate the dental service to another location in Carrick. Itâ€™s understood the other community health services that are being temporarily moved from the St Brigidâ€™s Hospital site will relocate to rented accommodation in the town centre. Construction of the Primary Care Centre is expected to begin by the end of the year. The project involves the demolition of the existing health centre and that is why the community health services based there are temporarily moving from the hospital site.
Cllr Bourke said transferring the dental service to Clonmel would have a negative impact on the townâ€™s children and their families.
â€œThe families of many of the children availing of this service donâ€™t have the means to get to Clonmel and why should they have to travel to Clonmel.
â€œSurely the HSE could approach one of the dental practices in Carrick and rent a room with facilities and there are plenty of vacant premises in the town that could accommodate the service.â€ He fears that if the dental service moves to Clonmel it may never come back to Carrick.
The HSE confirmed it may consider the temporary relocation of dental services serving Carrick to the Community Services Centre in Clonmel but stressed there were would be no diminution of service to Carrick area clients.