John Power

Dr Mark Rowe welcoming Mrs Ellen Heffernan to Waterford Health Park. | Photo: John Power

Tuesday saw the first group of patients welcomed to the new Waterford Health Park campus at the former Presentation Convent in Slievekeale.

Among the arrivals was Mrs Ellen Heffernan, a spritely lady from St John’s Park in the city who is in her 95th year. She is currently the oldest patient of the nearby Rowe Creavin Practice and was delighted to cut the ribbon at the healthcare facility opposite Walsh Park.

Modelled on highly-regarded international examples, Waterford Health Park offers a wide range of primary healthcare at a single location with ample car parking.

With up to 45 healthcare professionals on-site, the 30,000sq-ft facility was developed by Edel Rowe and Waterford GPs Dr Mark Rowe and Dr Ita Creavin. It has accommodation for family doctors, medical consultants, nurses, pharmacy, opticians, dieticians, psychologists, counsellors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, domiciliary midwifes and complimentary health practitioners.

Focused on preventive medicine and health promotion, Waterford Health Park has a stand-alone wellness centre.

The campus also features a healing garden in an inner courtyard while the Pugin-designed chapel is to be made available as a community facility. The Pugin tearooms will also be open to the wider public who are welcome to visit.