Acute Psychiatric Unit at Beaumont Hospital

The Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, T.D., turned the sod on the
new Adult Acute Psychiatric In-patient facility to be built on the
Beaumont Hospital campus on Monday, 21st November, 2011. 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 in-patient 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 six 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 HSE acknowledges the on-going 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.