Irish News

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Child unit 'vast improvement'

Published 05/01/2013|05:00

  • Share

The new child mental health unit in Galway has been described as a "vast improvement" on the old centre it replaced.

  • Share
  • Go To

It is situated in an open space surrounded by trees and includes 20 beds in single and double bedrooms, a large gym and an outdoor playground.

Every child staying there has an individual care plan and access to medical staff, psychologists, social workers, dieticians, child-care workers, a speech-and-language therapist and an occupational therapist.


In the most recent report, the Inspector of Mental Health said it was a "vast improvement" on the previous child mental health unit in Galway.

"The design and decor of the building was of a high standard. It was well-lit, heated and ventilated," the report said.

The report complained that only nine of the 20 beds were in operation in 2011 due to a shortage of nurses.

The HSE said that all 20 beds were now in use, with six used for the children's in-patient unit and 14 used for the teenage inpatient unit.

Children staying in the unit are brought to a nearby school for their education.

They also have access to games, TV and DVDs and outings with staff, including swimming.

There is also a flat for parents who need to stay on overnight visits.

Irish Independent

Read More




Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area


Meet Singles Now



Now available on

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News