Mental Health Minister visits Tara House, Gorey

The Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee TD was in Gorey, Co. Wexford recently, to visit Tara House – the HSE’s Centre for Mental Health Services.

Opened six years ago and located in the Civic Centre at the Avenue in Gorey, Tara House was established following a €3.5 million investment by the HSE. The HSE’s community mental health services team have been working from the premises, which provides outpatient psychiatrist, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, counselling and nursing services to clients from the Gorey and North Wexford area.

Mr. James Leacy (General Manager, Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services), in welcoming the Minister’s visit, said it was boost to all those associated with the facility and a recognition of the day to day care being delivered from Tara House in recent years:

“Minister McEntee was keen to see how the development of community based services, which are accessible and acceptable to service users, has made a difference here in Co. Wexford. Facilities like Tara House in Gorey have enabled the service to forge a continuum of care alternatives and treat patients in so far as possible within a community setting. We explained to the Minister how we have a team of eight nurses here, which includes two community mental health nurses. One of these provides a dedicated link with Newcastle Mental Health Services in Wicklow. As well as the six Day Hospital nursing staff, a Consultant Psychiatrist and a junior doctor are all located at Tara House. There is input from social work, occupational therapy, psychology and addiction counselling. A full time secretary and receptionist also support the team. There is also input from a SCAN nurse (Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse), who provides a dedicated fast track response to clients of GPs in the Gorey area who present with suicidal crisis.”

“Minister McEntee was also very interested to hear that services offered at Tara House in Gorey include a mental health Day Hospital, day care and assessment services. Following referral and acceptance by the team, individual counselling, group counselling, out patient clinic care and referral to other mental health services are available – dependant on the needs of the service user. Minister McEntee was impressed to hear that Tara House is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm and appointments can be arranged outside of those hours if required by a client. Access to the team at Tara House is generally by referral from GPs. There is an average of 30 new referrals to the team each month.”

“We were delighted to show Minister McEntee around and to talk to her about the successes and ongoing plans for Tara House and the associated mental health services in this part of the country”.

Photo Caption:

left to right: Margaret Behan (Admin), Dr. Egbuta Uche (Senior House Officer), Phyllis Barry (Social Work), Catriona Goff (Nurse), Doreen Connors (Admin), Evan Mangan (Nurse), Mary Shea (Nurse), Aoife Gleeson Nurse), Michael Darcy T.D., Minister for Mental Health Helen McEntee T.D., Kasia Nolan (Director of Nursing, Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services), Jean Redmond (Nurse), James Leacy (General Manager, Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services) , Dr. Annette Kavanagh (Consultant Psychiatrist), Declan Redmond (Asst. Director of Nursing) and Michelle Meyler (Admin)

Last updated on: 16 / 12 / 2016