Community Mental Health in Dublin

The North Dublin Mental Health offers a wide range of services to the
population of North Dublin. This includes General Adult, Psychiatry
of Old Age and Rehabilitation services. A liaison psychiatry service
is also provided from Beaumont Hospital.

The NDMHS have access to acute admissions beds, continuing care beds,
day hospital places, hostel facilities etc.

There are also Community Mental Health Teams in operation throughout
North Dublin.

With effect from 19th September a new out-of-hours community nursing
service was introduced. This will operate from Swords and Coolock and
will be available from 5pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday and from 10am to
6pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

A new purpose built acute inpatients admissions unit is currently
being developed at Beaumont Hospital and planning permission has been
approved, contracts are signed and construction work is due to
commence shortly. This new unit is expected to be fitted out and ready
for occupancy in 2013.

Dublin North East mental health services endeavour, at all times, to
provide continuity of care to service users. However, from time to
time, due to sick leave, annual leave, parental leave and maternity
leave, key members of the community mental health team may need to be
replaced by locum staff. Similarly, unavoidable or unforeseen delays
in the permanent appointment of consultant psychiatrists can, on
occasion, result in consultant vacancies being filled on a short-term,
temporary basis.

Finally, non-consultant hospital doctors, as part of their
post-graduate specialist training, rotate both within and between
community mental services every six to twelve months, which can result
in frequent changes in community mental health team personnel.

Mental Health Services for North Dublin continue to be provided to all
who access the service without any disruption.

Pat Dunne
Area Manager – Dublin North
Health Service Executive