Deputy Brendan Smith (FF).

End of year completion for Killeshandra Primary Care Centre

The HSE has said the equipping of the new Primary Care Centre in Killeshandra will take at least four weeks to complete, and that the current timeframe for opening is early next year.

Work began on the new centre back towards the end of Summer, having been a long-awaited project in the HSE pipeline of proposed service deliveries.

Planning permission for the new centre was granted in late 2018, but the project was held up due to issues around site access and parking, as well as Covid-related delays.

Once completed, the new building will be comprised of one Primary Care Team with capacity for wider services.

The project was delivered by means of the HSE’s Operational Lease mechanism.

The battle to get a primary care centre in the lakeside town has run for approximately 20 years.

Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith said he had been informed by the HSE that the works on the new Primary Care Centre for Killeshandra would be completed “by year end”.

The HSE, in its response to Deputy Smith’s representation, stated that the “equipping” the new centre will take “approximately four weeks”, and that the current timeline for the centre to be fully operational is by “the end of January 2023”.

“In further representations to the HSE and at a recent meeting with senior officials, I highlighted again the need for the time lines to be adhered to as much as is practicable and have the new centre operational early in 2023,” stated Deputy Smith, who said that his brother, and Fianna Fáil Councillor Sean Smith also welcomed the reply from the HSE.

He stated the much-needed, new healthcare facility will be of great benefit to the wider Killeshandra area.