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Minister Reilly turns the sod on the new Acute Psychiatric Unit at Beaumont

The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, T.D., today (Monday 21st
November, 2011) turned the sod on the new Adult Acute Psychiatric
Inpatient Facility to be built on the Beaumont Hospital campus in
Dublin. The new unit is being developed by the HSE in co-operation
with Beaumont Hospital and on completion will be managed by HSE North
Dublin Mental Health Services. It will include inpatient accommodation
to replace services historically provided in St. Ita’s Hospital,
Portrane and will serve a population of approximately 250,000 people
in the North Dublin area.

The new facility will comprise of 44 beds, all single room
accommodation, 38 for General Acute Psychiatry and 6 for Old Age
Psychiatry. The unit will have four zoned areas; general adult, high
observation, psychiatry of old age and a day activity area. There will
also be five internal gardens as well as a courtyard, all of which
have been designed to enable patients to avail of different activities
and spaces.

The total cost, including enabling and ancillary works, will be €13m
and construction is scheduled for completion by the second quarter of
2013. Funding for the unit has been provided under the HSE’s Capital
Plan for the development of psychiatric services nationally.

The unit will be a significant development in the provision of Acute
In-patient Mental Health Services for the clients of North Dublin. The
purpose built accommodation will meet the long-term needs of this
client group. It will be built to the highest possible standards and
will meet both HIQA and Mental Health Commission requirements.

The new unit will provide consultant led, multidisciplinary acute
in-patient mental health care in an open setting for adults and the
elderly. It will enhance the development of specialist psychiatric
outpatient care by linking it to the outpatient facilities which are
already available for other specialties within Beaumont.

The building of this new unit is in line with national mental health
policy ‘A Vision for Change’ and particularly the recommendation that
acute mental health treatment should be provided on the site of a
general hospital where patients can avail of a wide range of services
and treatments. The unit will provide academic training and continuing
professional education for medical, nursing and allied health care
professionals.

When completed, this purpose built facility will be an important
component in the delivery of a comprehensive and modern mental health
service for the population of North Dublin in line with best
international practice.

The HSE acknowledges the ongoing patience of service users, their
carers and families, and the flexibility of staff during the necessary
moves preceding the opening of the unit in 2013.