Wicklow Minister Simon Harris TD, has this week announced that the North Wicklow Out of Hours GP is now preparing to open its doors and start providing an enhanced service for the area out of normal practice hours. The long sought service will mean that all patients in the North Wicklow area will have the same access to GP cover as people in South Wicklow. It will mean 24/7 GP services throughout the community, ensuring that patients will have an alternative to attending busy Emergency Departments in our acute hospitals.
Speaking to provide the North Wicklow community with this important update, Minister Simon Harris said:
“I am really delighted that we are now looking forward to the opening of our long sought Out of Hours Service. The service will operate out of St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown and serve the whole North Wicklow community. I have worked to secure this much needed service for the area for a number of years now and I was lucky to work with an incredibly dedicated cohort of local GPs to deliver this service. I want to thank our GP community for their hard work and commitment to the plan. I know they are really looking forward to working in one of the most advanced and well organised Out of Hours Services in the country.”
Minister Harris advised that the service is expected to start in April:
“I secured funding for the development of this service in the HSE Service Plan 2018 and I am really pleased that this service is now about to open. The new Treatment Centre at St Columcille’s is expected to open on 2 April 2019.”
The HSE will be running a communications campaign to inform local people about the new service in advance of that date.
Minister Harris continued
“I am so pleased that we are now at such an advanced stage in the delivery of this vital service – with over 150 GPs signed up to service North Wicklow and South Dublin already in receipt of their work rota and preparing to get started. Northdoc, who won the tender for this service, have engaged in an extensive recruitment campaign for nursing, administrative and call taking staff and they are now preparing to do final tests on their ICT before opening the service.”
“We in North Wicklow have waited for so long to get this important service and I am really looking forward to officially opening it in the next month. I will keep constituents updated as final details for the service are confirmed”