Wednesday 22 May 2019

HSE hopes to progress talks to extend mental health out-of-hours services

The HSE says that Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services would like to progress discussions with all stakeholders to extend the out of hours service beyond the hours of 8pm subject to the requirements of the Public Stability Agreement, and funding as set out in the National Service Plan 2019.

It comes after Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny claimed a constitutent of his was turned away from St. Columba's while suffering a severe psychotic episode.

While the HSE does not comment on individual cases, a statement outlined the services available.

Out of Hours Adult Mental Health Services in Sligo are provided via the Emergency Department of Sligo University Hospital which provides 24/7 acute mental health services where members of the public will receive care and treatment.

In addition, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services (SLMHS) also operate out of hours mental health services in the form of seven day mental health services based in the following primary care centres:

Adult Mental Health (18-65 years)

Primary Care Centre:

Ballymote, Carrick On Shannon, Manorhamilton, Sligo Town.

These services provide acute mental health treatment and support to individuals from the hours of 9.00am - 5.30pm, 7 days a week.

Rehab and Recovery

Services include home-based treatment and assertive outreach models of care to clients known to the mental health services of SLMHS.

These are also co-located within the above primary care centres and operate from 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.

Sligo Champion