Kelvin Court in Carlow officially opened by Minister for Mental Health and Disability

Kelvin Court, the HSE’s purpose built state of the art facility in Carlow for clients with Intellectual Disabilities, was officially opened on Friday 29th October by Mr. John Moloney TD, the Minister of State at the Dept. of Health & Children with responsibilities for Mental Health and Disability.

Built through HSE approved capital funding, since opening its doors in February of last year, Kelvin Grove has greatly assisted with the enhancement of health services locally for people in Carlow and the surrounding area. This facility replaced Kelvin Grove, which closed in July 2007. In the interim, the client group were relocated to St. Anne’s Ward at St. Dympna’s Hospital but with the opening of Kelvin Court, St. Anne’s ward closed permanently. 

Kelvin Court facility caters for 17 clients in three, five bed en-suite bungalows and two self contained apartments in a separate building. There is also a purpose built activation centre, to provide therapeutic activities, recreation and activation sessions for clients. The four house in the new complex are each named after the rivers in Carlow, i.e. Barrow House, Slaney House, Lir House and Burrin House. The activation centre is named after a local Norman castle.

The Minister was joined in addressing the official opening by Ms. Anna Marie Lanigan (the HSE’s Assistant National Director for Primary, Continuing & Community Care and Local Health Manager for the Carlow/Kilkenny area), Ms. Mary Harding (the HSE’s Elderly Care & Mental Health Services Manager in Carlow/Kilkenny) and Ivan Collier (a Service User at Kelvin Court).

Speaking at the Official Opening, Minister Moloney said:

“As Minister for Mental Health and Disability, I’m especially pleased to be in Carlow to official open Kelvin Court. This facility is client centered, focused on the needs of the individual and providing an appropriate environment for both the service users and the staff responsible for service delivery. I’m very impressed with how the design reinforces normal care values – including individual dignity, privacy and safety. I congratulate everyone on the official opening of this purpose built, state of the art facility, that is Kelvin Court and I know that it will greatly assist with the enhancement of health services locally and in the surrounding areas for years to come.”


In her address at the Official Opening, Ms. Mary Harding said:

“The design of the Castle Activation Centre takes account of an assessment of the needs of the current service users and allows for flexibility in accommodating the needs of future care groups. As a project, Kelvin Court is staffed by clinical nurse managers, staff nurses, health care assistants and a clinical nurse specialist – as well as other members of the multidisciplinary team who attend on a sessional basis. Client’s needs are assessed using a person-centred approach within the multidisciplinary care plan philosophy and various programmes are allocated thereafter. Clients have access to a range of therapeutic interventions as well as recreational and educational facilities on-site. Developments in the provision of services for persons with learning disabilities have contributed to a better understanding of their mental health needs. The establishment of a whole range of educational and training opportunities in association with an improved level of day care and home support services has meant that increasingly clients live at home or in alternative community placements. Their much more visible presence in the community has also resulted in a more widespread public awareness of their needs and disability.”

In thanking the invited guests for being with them on the day, paying tribute to the staff and all those who worked to bring the new Kelvin Court development to fruition and wishing the best for service users and their families, Ms. Anna Marie Lanigan said:

“In these challenging times, it is refreshing to be associated with a very positive development where the quality of care delivered to the service user is enhanced.  Kelvin Court reflects the principles incorporated in the development of services for people with intellectual disabilities in the wider community, where there is a focus on the individual needs of the person and providing a positive and therapeutic environment.  May I take this opportunity to congratulate all members of staff in progressing this service and wish all associated with Kelvin Court every success in their future.”

Last updated on: 02 / 11 / 2010