Community Healtcare Organisation Area 1 (CHO 1) Mental Health Services

HSE Media Release: 7 May 2020

We are focused on continuing to deliver as many mental health services as possible while making adjustments to meet public health advice relating to Covid-19. Our front line staff are developing alternative interventions to support our existing service users including the provision of meals, social distancing supports, developing and maintaining routines for wellness.

ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Contingency measures are in place to deal with Covid-19 in these centres to ensure that anyone requiring admission is protected from the virus.

Cavan/Monaghan (Cavan General Hospital)
Those requiring psychiatric assessment should be referred as normal to their local community mental health team by their GP. Outside working hours and weekends, emergencies can be seen in Cavan General Hospital. This is facilitated through the Emergency department and assessment will take place in the mental health premises usually within a one-hour timeframe but this can vary if the service is particularly busy. 

Phone: 049 4376 252  

Donegal (Letterkenny University Hospital) 
Those requiring psychiatric assessment should attend as usual at the Emergency Department where they will be seen at the on-call facility by Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors and Specialist Nurses. Psychiatric assessment hubs have been set up across the county for face to face contacts in urgent situations and as of this week to restart face to face new patient contacts.

Phone: 074 9104 700

Sligo/Leitrim (Acute Admission Unit, Clarion Road, Sligo)
Current priorities include ensuring that all patients who have an urgent mental health need (i.e. they require admission or need to be seen within 24 hours) have access to the most appropriate service and that they do not have to go to the Emergency Department at Sligo University Hospital unnecessarily. The Psychiatric Liaison Team have relocated to Markievicz House to provide appropriate and immediate supports.

Phone: 071 9142 111

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

This includes Outpatient Clinics, Community Mental Health Teams and CAMHS

Outpatient clinics are continuing, albeit predominantly by remote consultation. Where necessary face to face consultations are provided complying with social distancing. Those who have an upcoming scheduled appointment are notified advising of whether the consultation will be face to face or remotely.

Emergency face to face assessments are still taking place in the various out-patients locations when deemed necessary incorporating the recommended social/physical distancing (2 metres) requirement.

Clinics for blood monitoring and administration of injections remain operational while observing social distancing.

Community mental health nursing and homebase treatment nursing (Cavan Monaghan only) supports continue to offer face to face contact and daily visits home alongside telephone supports. Community Rehabilitation Teams continue to offer treatment and support to clients with severe and enduring mental illness in the community and in residential care settings.

Day hospitals and day services are closed however Denzapine and Lithium clinics continue with walk-in assessments facilitated.

The pathways to our service remain the same although some of the responses have been altered to maintain the safety of staff and patients. Should you have any questions related to your care you should contact your mental health team.

This work would not continue without our dedicated and committed staff and thank you to all for your on-going support in such different and difficult times.

Last updated on: 07 / 05 / 2020