Wicklow TD Minister Simon Harris has this week, turned the sod to mark the beginning of works on a new Primary Care Centre for Bray.
With site clearance works for the centre underway, construction works are programmed to start in August 2018 and to be completed by the end of 2019.
The new centre, which is expected to be operational by early 2020, will bring together a range of services that are currently provided across a number of different locations and includes GP services, Public Health Nursing, Dental, Dietetics, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Addiction Services
In addition, general community adult Mental Health services will be provided at the new Primary Care Centre in Bray. Services for Older Persons, including space for Bray Old Folks Association, will be provided from a new facility to be constructed within the building.
Speaking at the sod turning, Minister Harris said: “It is a pleasure to officially turn the sod on Bray Primary Care Centre. Primary Care is at the heart of what we do in the Health Service. Making the shift towards primary care, in order to deliver better care close to home in communities across the country, is paramount.
“It remains a key priority for the Government, is one of the key features of Sláintecare and will be supported by the unprecedented capital funding for the Health service announced in the National Development Plan. This new facility in Bray will provide a wonderful, modern day service to the local community and is one of five primary care centres being developed in Wicklow, which will greatly enhance services for the people of the county.”