Adams continues campaign for mental health services in Louth
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has written to the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health, Helen McEntee TD, to press the need for capital expenditure in Dundalk.
The Sinn Féin President explained;
“I have been raising the issue of the inadequacy of mental health services across the State, and in my constituency of Louth in particular, for some time.
“The building containing Ladywell mental health facility in Dundalk, which provides services for much of North Louth, is, despite the great work of the staff entirely unsuitable for the treatment of patients in this modern era.
“In fact, the Ladywell Centre originally served as staff accommodation when the hospital was constructed over 70 years ago. The rooms are inappropriate for patients and staff and numerous offices are closed due to dampness.
“The maintenance bill for roof repairs is a constant drain on resources and patients and staff also utilise a series of prefabs which are at the end of their usefulness.
“Staff recently added to the mental health team in North Louth do not have any suitable premises so they work out of St. Brigid’s in Ardee, with patients as far away as Carlingford having to make their own way to appointments. This is totally unacceptable.
“The staff have requested that a new Primary Care Centre be constructed in Dundalk to facilitate the provision of mental health and other services to enable holistic treatment of patients at one location.
“I have been trying to ascertain the status of Dundalk's Primary Care Centre from the HSE, and I have asked if Minister McEntee could make enquiries into this matter.
“In the event that a Primary Care Centre is not to be constructed in Dundalk in the coming years, staff at Ladywell have commissioned a research paper for the upgrade of the current building.
“On 25th November 2016, Minister McEntee made a commitment during an LMFM radio interview that she would visit Ladywell and meet with staff there and she also said that she would examine the possibility of an upgrade or a new build for this facility.
“I have written to the Minister about her visit to Ladywell and if she has plans to undertake the necessary upgrade of this facility.
“I am again meeting with the Louth HSE mental health staff in the purpose built facility at Singleton House, Drogheda at the end of February and I intend to continue to campaign for a proper premises for the North of the constituency.”