THE centuries-old wards of St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital in Dublin will finally fall silent next month as the institution closes its doors.
The remaining 30 patients will leave the dilapidated building – once home to over 2,500 patients – for a €22m ultra-modern, light-filled facility.
Although it is a hospital, it will be known as the Phoenix Care Centre on the Grangegorman campus.
The new hospital has two psychiatric intensive-care wards on the ground floor for patients who have been referred because of severe mental illness.
The hospital also has rehabilitation wards on the first and second floors, each comprising single rooms complete with art and therapy facilities.
A striking feature is the vast space of the corridors, along with high ceilings, glass walls and courtyard gardens, which offer a therapeutic and safe environment for patients.
Executive clinical director Dr Margo Wrigley said she expected the remaining patients in St Brendan's to move to the new facility by the middle of next month.