Minister Stephen Donnelly

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly for Health formally opens Integrated Care Hub for Older People in North Tipperary as part of nationwide €240m Enhanced Community Care programme.

Last week, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD, officially opened the new Integrated Care Hub for Older People in North Tipperary, as the roll-out of the €240m Enhanced Community Care (ECC) programme continues nationwide.

Developed as part of implementing Sláintecare, the ECC programme aims to ensure all HSE primary and community care services work in an integrated way to meet population health needs across Ireland.

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The programme is also targeting reducing the dependence on hospital services, and aims to provide access to consultant-led specialist services in the community.

Minister Donnelly visited the HSE’s ECC Integrated Care Programme for Older People (ICPOP) Care Hub, North Tipperary on the grounds of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

The new ICPOP service will support people to live independently in their own homes, through the early diagnosis and prevention of the progression of health issues.

This will help older people to continue living well in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

It provides the older people of North Tipperary with rapid access to comprehensive assessments which are provided by a Community Consultant-led multidisciplinary team.

People can be referred to ICPOP by their own GP. Since it became operational in December of last year 120 people from across North Tipperary have been seen by the service.

The new Hub is part of the Enhanced Community Care (ECC) programme which is developing a new, integrated model of care that is responsive to the needs of local communities.

Already, The ECC programme is making substantial progress nationally, reducing pressure on services and dependence on the hospital-centric model of care through enhanced and increased community services.

Meeting staff and patients at the new Hub, Minister Donnelly said: “ECC is a huge investment in community healthcare services in the HSE, and aims to provide more services closer to people’s homes, and provide extra services for older people, or people who live with long-term health conditions.

“The work that has been undertaken by the Integrated Care Programmes for Older Persons and Chronic Disease over recent years has shown that we can achieve much better outcomes, particularly for older people who are frail, and people living with chronic diseases.

“The new model of care allows specialist multidisciplinary teams at Community Healthcare Network to support people in their diagnosis and ongoing care.”

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