New Department of Psychiatry Admissions Unit to open in Letterkenny today

The HSE will this afternoon open the new Department of Psychiatry Admissions Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital.

The opening will be performed by Junior Minster Kathleen Lynch, who has responsibility for Mental Health.

Junior Health Minister, Kathleen Lynch will open the new 34 bed unit unit this afternoon after a four year period during which patients and staff were relocated to a temporary premises in Carnamuggagh.

The new unit includes both day and night areas, recreation rooms, therapy and treatment rooms and dining areas, along with residential facilities incorporating single rooms, as well as two and four bed units.

The new unit cost almost €6 million to complete, and according to the HSE, it will will support an integrated psychiatric service for a defined catchment area of approximately 145,000 people. The local Mental Health service is also continuing to focus on rehabilitation and recovery, with fully equipped occupational therapy facilities at the new unit.