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Crowe calls for Chill Room at Tallaght Hospital for patients at risk of suicide

10 September, 2010


Speaking on World Suicide Prevention Day Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe has called for the establishment of a ‘Chill Room’ at Tallaght Hospital for patients at risk of suicide to be treated in a relaxed atmosphere away from the mayhem of the accident and emergency room.

Councillor Crowe said:

“The current hospital system in Tallaght is not geared towards dealing with patients at risk of suicide. I am aware of one occasion when a suicidal young girl was brought into the accident and emergency department at Tallaght Hospital only to become agitated again and want to leave again.

“Patients at risk of suicide need to be treated differently to other patients in the hospital system. They need to be seen by professionals away from the mayhem of the accident and emergency room.

“I have called for the establishment of a special Chill Room for patients at risk of suicide were they can be seen in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the rest of the hospital.

“I have raised this issue with the National co-ordinator at the Dublin/Mid Leinster Health Forum and hope to see the Minister for Health progress the idea.

“The Government should mark World Suicide Prevention Day by making real practical commitments to preventing suicide rather than imposing service cuts which will adversely affect those at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.” ENDS

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