Southdoc restores Blackpool center service to ‘pre-Covid’ levels

Southdoc plans to restore its after-hours GP services to the Blackpool center to pre-Covid levels, it has been confirmed.

Full details on how and when to restore service have yet to be confirmed, however news of the plans has been well received locally.

The SouthDoc Cork City Cell Committee had recently informed city doctors that it agreed with the HSE that patients would only be seen by appointment at the Blackpool center if they were not cannot get to the center of Kinsale Road.

While these plans were well received, clarification was sought from SouthDoc as to the path leading to the full reopening of the center.

In a virtual meeting in recent days, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare (CKCH) CEO Michael Fitzgerald briefed TDs on plans to reopen the facility to pre-Covid levels.

Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould was among the participants and said the confirmation was “definitely a step in the right direction”.

Deputy Gould said he “won’t stop fighting” until his constituents “have adequate access to an after-hours general practitioner service.”

“The pressure we are putting on them is working and I will continue to maintain it. I hope the HSE will do the same. We need those doors to open now because people are still contacting me and being forced to take taxis that they simply cannot afford to access health care. “

A Cork Kerry Community Healthcare spokesperson told The Echo: “SouthDoc has confirmed to us that it plans to restore out-of-hours GP services at the Blackpool center to pre-Covid-19 levels. We welcome this development and look forward to receiving full details on how and when this restoration will take place.

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