The long-awaited Ballinamore Primary Care Unit has been given the green light by the HSE with construction expected to being by early 2013.
Local councillor, Gordon Hughes, has welcomed confirmation that the building will be progressing to construction noting that it is over 11 years since the site was acquired by the North Western Health Board.
The news comes following a meeting with senior HSE officials at the HSE West Forum in Galway last week.
Cllr Hughes has also received confirmation that the expected construction time for the unit is in the region of 9 to 12 months.
“This is following on from earlier news that 250,000 has been provided in he HSE Capital Plan in 2012 for the development of the unit. The tender evaluation report has also been completed.
“I am delighted by this news,” Cllr Hughes told the Leitrim Observer, “over the last 11 years at various stages we have been made promises that the project would be built but now we have firm confirmation that the new facility will go ahead.”
He thanked Fine Gael Deputy, Frank Feighan, for his work on the project and also paid tribute to Minister for Health Dr James Reilly.
“Minister Reilly met with me and it is clear that he understood the issues regarding the need for this facility and the lack of services in the area,” said Cllr Hughes.
The Ballinamore Area councillor also welcomed the news that the Dental Clinic in Ballinamore will re-open in approximately 10 weeks.
The Clinic was closed because of concern with the integrity of the structure of the dental fittings and need for replacements was identified.
“It is anticipated that Ballinamore Dental Clinic will re-open in approximately 10 weeks on the completion of work,” noted Cllr Hughes.