Ó CAOLÁIN URGES RETHINK OF ST DAVNET’S ADMISSIONS UNIT CLOSURE

16 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

he closure of the admissions unit at St. Davnet’s Hospital in Monaghan and the full removal of services to Cavan General Hospital from Monday of this week was criticised by Cavan-Monaghan Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin at the Oireachtas Health Committee.
The Sinn Féin Health spokesperson called on Health Minister James Reilly and HSE CEO Cathal Magee to reverse the move.
The HSE has stated to the Northern Standard that since December 1st, all acute inpatient treatment in Cavan/Monaghan Adult Mental Health Services will be provided in the newly refurbished Acute Admission Unit in Cavan General Hospital.
It said that Adult Acute Mental Health inpatient care will no longer be provided in St. Davnet’s Monaghan, but that the Community Mental Health Teams would continue to provide services from the St Davnet’s campus. This service centralisation was notified in December 2010, according to the HSE, and has now been successfully completed.
The HSE stressed that other mental health services in Cavan and Monaghan are not affected by this new arrangement. The referral of patients by GPs to adult mental health teams is unchanged.
Speaking at the Health Committee on 8th December Deputy Ó Caoláin said the Admissions Unit at St Davnet’s Hospital in Monaghan would be closed and all acute mental health admissions would be to Cavan General.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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