Inis Oírr gets a health centre

Aran_cat.JPGThe Aran Islands are on their way to having a full Primary Care Team unit, with the official opening of a new Health Centre on Inis Oírr.

Inis Oírr has a population of 247 (2006 census) and a range of health needs for a mixed age profile which ranges from the very young to the very old.

Currently the Health Centre is used by a GP who provides 24-hour medical cover for Inis Oírr and Inis Meáin and by the resident Public Health Nurse who provides a nursing service. Speech and Language therapy is provided in the Health Centre along with Chiropody and Podiatry Clinics which take place twice a year.

From the HSE:

"The development of the Island Primary Care Team will commence in 2010 and the new Health Centre will greatly enhance the opportunities for providing services for the local population. The Island Primary Care Team will be part of the Connemara Network of Health and Social Care Services which covers Clifden, South Connemara, Oughterard, Spiddal, Moycullen along with the Aran Islands . The Primary Care Teams in these areas are currently being aligned to include nursing, home help, community welfare and therapy services in conjunction with local GPs."

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