Minister for Health is in Ballymote to open new primary and mental health centre

The Minister for Health is in Ballmyote, Co. Sligo, this lunchtime to officially open a new primary and mental health care centre.

A range of services will be provided at the centre.

The new centre accommodates the East Sligo Primary Care Team, which covers a population of 11,500 and includes the areas of Ballymote, Gurteen, Riverstown, Geevagh and adjoining townlands.

Work on the building started in May 2016 and the centre opened to the public last January.

The new facility is part of the HSE’s national strategy to develop purpose-built primary care centres delivering a range of health services to local communities.

At the Ballymote centre, general practitioner Dr Billy Roe will take up practice this Thursday.

Services will include chronic disease management, women’s health, men’s health and childhood vaccinations.

Public health nursing services include wound management, pressure ulcer prevention, care of older persons, adults and children with acute and chronic conditions and provision of breastfeeding support.

Physiotherapy, podiatry, dental and social work services are also provided, as well as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and dietetics.

A range of mental health, psychology, social care and counselling services are also available.