Cavan Primary Care Centre and Medical Assessment Unit opened in Cavan

Dr. James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Health today (Friday, 11th April, 2014) officially opened Connolly Street Primary Care Centre, the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) and Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Outpatient Suite at Cavan General Hospital. 

Commenting on Connolly Street Primary Care Centre Minister Reilly said “In a developed primary care system, up to 95 per cent of people’s day-to-day health and social care needs can be met in the primary care setting, thereby avoiding the need for them to go to hospital. This new centre helps to develop services in the community giving people direct access to integrated multi-disciplinary teams of health care professionals. It will benefit the residents of Cavan Town and surrounding areas by providing them with access to quality healthcare resulting in better health outcomes.”

Officially opening the new Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Suite at Cavan General Hospital, the Minister said “This new facility will improve the quality of life for CF patients in Cavan and in the surrounding areas by facilitating ambulatory daycare as close to home as possible. A welcome and positive development as it minimises the risk to CF patients of exposure to infection and will also reduce the need for CF inpatient admissions. I commend the hospital and the Cavan Branch of Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.”

Speaking about the new Acute Medical Assessment Unit he said “It is striking that in the first three months of this year there have been just 189 patients waiting on trolleys at Cavan Hospital: in 2011, during the same period there were 1,542 patients waiting on trolleys. This is almost an 88% decrease in the numbers, which shows clearly the very positive benefits of the AMAU for Cavan Hospital, and I congratulate all those involved in the planning, development and successful running of the Unit for all that they have achieved.”

Connolly Street Primary Care Centre which became operational in June 2013 is made up key health services staff including; public health nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and Farnham Medical Practice is also located in the centre.  The primary care team members liaise and work alongside a range of outreach services including dieticians, psychologists, social workers and community welfare officers.  In addition to primary care services the following services are also delivered from the centre; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Counselling in Primary Care, National Diabetic Retinopathy Service, Community Paediatric Dietician and Consultant Paediatrician.  Connolly Street Primary Care Centre is one of two Primary Care Centres in Cavan town, the other is located in Drumalee.  The two Primary Care Teams serve a population of 20,572 living in Cavan town and the surrounding areas including Ballyhaise, Butlersbridge, Stradone, Denn and Ballinagh.

The CF Suite contains two out-patient treatment rooms, which provides a separate designated area for both adults and children with cystic fibrosis to receive their care and treatment in and reduce the risk of cross infection.  Developed as a joint initiative between Cavan and Monaghan Hospital and the Cavan Branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, the facility has greatly enhanced the management and care of all CF patients from Cavan, Monaghan and the surrounding counties who attend the hospital.

Speaking at the official opening the new Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Suite at Cavan General Hospital, Raymond Dunne, Chairperson of the Cavan branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland said ” It is truly an historic, watershed moment in the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis (PWCF) from the area. The new Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Suite at Cavan General Hospital represents a major step in the avoidance of cross infection and will bring peace of mind to PWCF. It makes specialised, complex, multidisciplinary care deliverable in a safe environment.  I would like to record our appreciation and gratefulness to so many in HSE associated with this project and to Minister Reilly for all your help in making the realisation of a vision /dream come true in this most welcome, wonderful, magnificent facility”.

The Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) at Cavan General Hospital provides urgent assessment and care for patients with medical conditions.  The unit which is consultant led allows for patients presenting at the hospital to be assessed and treated in an approximately 3 to 4 hour timeframe.  The AMAU which initially opened in 2009 as a 6 patient assessment area was relocated in December 2012 to an area adjacent to the Emergency Department and expanded to provide capacity for 10 patient assessment areas including 2 single rooms to cater for patients with infections.  The new AMAU facilitates more capacity for patients presenting direct to the AMAU and medical patients who previously were being assessed in the Emergency Department.

Leo Kinsella, Area Manager, HSE Cavan Monaghan said “all of the facilities officially opened today have as their primary focus the delivery of integrated care by putting the patient and their needs at the centre of our local health care system.  These first class facilities are helping our clinicians and staff better respond to our clients needs, improving collaboration across disciplines while supporting our goal of better access to local health and social care for all our citizens.”

The Minister for Health also visited St. Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney and viewed the major capital project works that are underway.  The works which are scheduled for completion in April 2015 will provide a fully compliant and modern residential home and will further improve the quality and standard of services provided to residents.