North Dublin Mental Health Services for Older People Unit relocates to New Community Nursing Unit

The HSE is delighted to announce the North Dublin Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) inpatient accommodation unit based at St. Ita’s Portrane has temporarily transferred to a new Community Nursing Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview.

This temporary transfer, which is supported by the Mental Health Commission, ensures the continuity of this service for the North Dublin area in an approved and appropriate setting.

A total of 25 of patients have transferred to St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit, accompanied by 46 of St Ita’s nursing and care staff, who will continue to provide these patients with ongoing care. A further 6 patients have transferred to more appropriate accommodation in Bloomfield Care Centre, (which is an approved centre under the Mental Health Act, 2001) and medical and nursing liaison staff from St. Ita’s will continue to support the care of these patients.

Dr Mary Cosgrave Executive Clinical Director, North Dublin Mental Health Service said, “ I wish to acknowledge and commend the ongoing support of our patients, their families and our staff who have cooperated fully with this service transfer. Our main priority has always been to provide excellent care to our patients. That we can continue to provide this care, albeit in a much more appropriate and modern setting, is greatly beneficial for our patients as well as for our staff who now have a greatly improved working environment. We can continue to provide care for these elderly patients in an appropriate setting by the staff who have been caring for many of the patients over a number of years.”

This temporary transfer is part of a number of changes that will take place to the delivery of Mental Health Services in North Dublin over the next 2 years. All of these changes are in line with the national mental health policy, A Vision for Change,and aim to improve the accommodation and physical environment within which care is provided to the patients in our service.
A refurbishment programme will commence in St. Ita’s this year. This work will see the complete refurbishment of the unit known as ‘ABC’ unit. This unit will function as an interim acute admission unit for North Dublin area until the purpose built unit is completed at Beaumont Hospital in 2012.

Once the acute admissions unit at St. Ita’s permanently moves to the new purpose built unit on the grounds of Beaumont Hospital, the newly refurbished ‘ABC’ unit will become a dedicated Mental Health Services for Older People unit for North Dublin and will allow the service to transfer back from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview.

St. Ita’s Campus in Portrane continues to play a key role in the delivery of Mental Health and other services in North Dublin including St. Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Service. The Knockamann Development comprising 10 houses and a day resource centre, to support independent living as part of St. Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Service, opened on the grounds of St. Ita’s last year.