Enfield and GP services

Motion:

“In view of the population of Enfield (growth town), which is double that of both Longwood, Summerhill and Johnstown Bridge, this Forum requests that the HSE appoints

a GP to service the Enfield Health Centre full time as the present

arrangement is unsatisfactory as per letter of the 4th July, 2013.”

Cllr. William Carey

Response:

Enfield had been considered as a location for a Primary Care Centre under the Operational Lease Mechanism in 2008, however no viable submission has ever been received. If a GP feels a practice would be viable they are now free to set-up wherever they wish through the Open Entry System. While the HSE could advertise a zero panel in Enfield the chances of attracting a GP are slim without a list of patients.

The current GP arrangements in the Enfield/Johnstown Bridge area are as follows:

Dr. McNamara, whose substantive GP practice is in Longwood, provides a satellite GP service in Enfield on a Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Dr. Mitchell & Dr. Courtney, whose substantive practice is in Kilcock, provide a satellite GP service in Enfield on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

As the GP’s currently providing this service may wish to continue to do so as per their contract this could further weaken the possibility of placing a full-time GP in the Health Centre.

A new Primary Care Centre is being provided in nearby Summerhill, Co Meath with construction works currently underway. Once the Summerhill Centre is complete, Enfield will access Primary Care Network services in both nearby Summerhill and Trim Primary Care Centres. A New Primary Care Centre is also planned for Kilcock under the PPP scheme which will assist in Primary Care services to those already provided in the Johnstownbridge area.