Funding for Tuam Primary Care Centre welcome


East Galway TD Paul Connaughton this week welcomed news that the European Investment Bank is to approve a €70 million loan for public private partnerships to invest in primary care centres, part of which will be used to fund a new primary care centre for Tuam.
‘This is an important announcement for families in east Galway. The EIB funding represents up to half of the finance required to deliver the project and this funding comes at a much cheaper rate than would otherwise be available.
‘Properly equipped and staffed primary care centres, such as those now in operation in Loughrea and Athenry, are an important step in terms of creating a more community-friendly healthcare setting, where many chronic diseases can be treated on an ongoing basis, hopefully ensuring that patients do not need to present at hospital.
‘The planned new Tuam Primary Care centre will contain GP services, public health nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, speech and language therapy, home help services as well as dental services, psychology and counselling services, child and adolescent mental health services and meeting rooms. The centre will be open five days per week for all primary care services and additional hours for other specific health care services.’