DUNFANAGHY FEARS LOSS OF HEALTH CENTRE

first_imgAs concerns grow over the possible closure of the Dunfanaghy Dispensary a meeting in the town has been told that unless refurbishment works are carried out urgently the community will be left without one of their most important services.DunfanaghyDr. Paul Stewart, the local GP since 1999 said the prospect of the loss of their dispensary is very real one because the money needed to carry out a full upgrade of the premises has not been provided.Access for wheelchairs, disability facilities and narrow corridors and a general lack of space are central the problems. Amid these concerns is the plight of the elderly who will be forced to travel to Creeslough to visit the GP. Many of these do not have cars and it is likely to mean a fifteen miles return trip and the cost is going to be prohibitive, we are informed.Th Tirconail Tribune reports the old health centre will soon be subject to a HIQA inspection and this has led to claims that because no money has been provided for an upgrade there is a very real threat of closureDespite repeated efforts to have the necessary repairs carried out no progress has been achieved and this matter is now on the public agenda. Dunfanaghy is a very busy town these days and the local GP centre is a vital part of the local infrastructure and the public has vowed to fight to have it upgraded.The issue was raised in a public forum in the town last week where the concerns expressed by Dr. Stewart about the future of the service was fully supported by those present. Dr. Stewart raised the concerns of the community during a largely attended meeting of the Dunfanaghy Area Community Area Network in the Oznam Centre on Thursday night and he received full support for his position.It is anticipated that the issue will now be urgently addressed by a sub-committee of DACN in the coming weeks in an attempt to secure the necessary repairs.Dr. Stewart has been campaigning for many years to have refurbishment carried out to the building but without any success. It was understood that a small amount of funding was to have been provided last year but that did not materialise.The real cost of bringing the old dispensary up to modern day standards is estimated at around €100,000 and in real terms of the HSE budget this is seen as a very small outlay.The internal structure is cramped and urgently in need of a major upgrade but outside at the rear of the building, we are informed that a wooden shed, essential for storage is a hindrance to fire regulations, apart from health and safety. Members of the community have told the Tribune that the agenda is clear to them… allow Dunfanaghy to fail the health and safety audit and in the absence of improvements within six months the HSE will be forced to close down the dispensary and the community will then have to travel to Creeslough.However, says Dr. Stewart the problem of having the building upgraded has been on the agenda for many years. And all the while no funding or essential repairs have been provided by the HSE.While there is a ramp leading into the building, the corridor is much too narrow for a wheelchair and toilet access for the disabled is not available either.At the same time staff are not able to comply with infection controls due to a series of out of date facilities. There is a growing belief in the community that the real agenda is not to upgrade Dunfanaghy and that the services will be transferred to Creeslough almost by default. Creeslough already has a modern health centre for exists.DUNFANAGHY FEARS LOSS OF HEALTH CENTRE was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDunfanaghyhealth centrelast_img

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