Work needed at Gort Health Centre – Connaughton


Work is needed immediately to bring Gort Health Centre up to a standard fit to provide proper health services to patients from the region, according to Deputy Paul Connaughton T.D.
Deputy Connaughton said that a new Primary Care Centre is needed for Gort, but upgrading of the present facility is needed to provide proper treatment areas for patients in 2014. ‘In recent weeks I was contacted by a number of people from the Gort area who avail of the services at Gort Health Centre on a regular basis. They find that the treatment spaces are completely inadequate and believe that this is putting HSE West staff members in a very difficult position, working in very cramped spaces trying to give service users the privacy and comfort that they require.
‘Having visited the health centre and seen first-hand the cramped conditions and met with patients using the facility, this is an issue that I will be raising with the Minister for Health in coming weeks and months. A new Primary Care Centre is needed in Gort, but in the interim work is needed to upgrade the facilities currently in place as a matter of urgency. The patients who contacted me, some of whom are very sick, were shocked at the quality of the facilities and the conditions that staff are forced to work in.
‘There is room in the centre recently vacated by the Department of Social Protection and it is important that this is incorporated into the health centre, which will go some way towards alleviating the very cramped conditions that currently exist. Improvements are needed for the sake of both staff and local people who use the centre and I would call on HSE west to release funding for temporary work. However, this is a problem that will only be permanently solved through the provision of a Primary Care Centre in Gort.’