Tipperary Co. Council has granted planning permission for the development of a Primary Care Medical Centre in Carrick-on-Suir on a site next to the town’s St Brigid’s District Hospital.
The Council approved conditional planning permission to the project on July 14 but the Health Service Executive will have to wait two more weeks for the final grant of approval as the local authority’s decision can be appealed to An Bord Pleanala up to four weeks after it is made.
The proposed Primary Care Centre will be a one-stop-shop of community health and social care services.
It is to be located on a site on the Pill Road next to the district hospital.
The HSE has received planning permissionn to demolish the existing single-storey health centre, mortuary and anciliary structures on the site and replace them with a two and three-storey high Primary Care Centre.
Planning approval has also been received to build new car parks with access to the Pill Road.
Carrick-on-Suir is one of 20 locations around the country getting Priamry Care Centres as part of a €115m Government economic stimulus package to improve the nation’s community health and social care services.
The centres are being designed and staffed to give people direct access to “integrated multi-disciplinary” teams of GP doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health and social care services.
The HSE said the Centre will be developed through a Public Private Partnership.
Independent Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Kieran Bourke has welcomed the Council’s decision and hopes the HSE will move quickly to appoint a contractor and build the Primary Medical Centre as soon as final planning is granted.
“A Primary Care Centre is a must for Carrick-on-Suir.It’s wonderful that all these medical expertise will be in the one place.
“Any new funding that comes into the town is to be welcomed,” he added.