HSE Media Release: 21st October, 2020

From the 19th of October Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services are now operating the new Adult Mental Health Unit on the grounds of Sligo University Hospital.

This exceptional, state of the art, modern new and welcoming unit, at a cost of €13.8 million includes 25 single ensuite bedrooms, ensuring privacy and dignity of residents alongside family and child visiting rooms, and communal areas offering social connection, a relaxation suite, beauty treatment room and state of the art occupational facilities in additional to a beautiful outside courtyard with games tables for recreation.

The opening of the new unit both marks the end of an era in mental health service delivery in Sligo with the closure of the old St Columba’s hospital in October but also represents a new beginning as we move closer to the provision of a modern mental healthcare infrastructure and service for the people of Sligo and Leitrim. The building, with healing and stabilisation at the core, has been co-designed and built with those who access mental health services, listening to and responding to their requests and underpinned by a recovery approach. In order to implement national policy objectives contained in Healthy Ireland, Tobacco Free Ireland and the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, and to protect staff, service users and visitors from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, the new Adult Mental Health Unit has adopted a Tobacco Free Campus Policy.

We will continue to endeavour to ensure that those accessing our services will receive the same high quality of care and support through our seven day a week enhanced community mental health teams in Markievicz House Sligo, The Rock Ballymote, Manorhamilton Primary and Mental Health Care Unit and Summerhill Lodge Carrick on Shannon. These hubs are staffed seven days a week and are in a position to offer assessments to people with mental health problems daily.

The admissions unit remains an important focus of care for a minority of service users whose needs cannot be met in the community. Answering service users’ requests, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Service are proud to announce the opening of a state of the art modern healthcare facility for those who this need care. Moving to new premises with a fresh approach to care, those who use the acute unit will see a bright, safe, recovery focused environment where you can retreat and recover. is located on the ground of Sligo University Hospital.

Speaking about the new unit a Service User said “This new beautiful spacious light filled building, it is a vast improvement on where treatment was offered in the past. As someone with lived experience of in-patient treatment and the old unit, I am delighted to see people will now be afforded the dignity and respect they are entitled to with regard to where they are staying. It’s a huge step forward: this is a wonderful facility, conducive to recovery and no more than people deserve.” A family member commented “When I arrived at the new unit I felt very optimistic. As a family member I saw the new unit as the perfect environment to offer a recovery focused service. I also felt that anyone who might need to use this unit would be happy for their friends and family to visit. All these things help the service user maintain connections and lead to a more speedy recovery”

We wish to thank everyone involved in bringing this new facility to fruition.  This fantastic new facility could not have happened without the commitment and dedication of the management and staff of mental health services but also those who access the services for their invaluable insight and experience and our HSE Estates colleagues.  We look forward to continuing to work in collaboration to make our services meet the needs of all those who require supports with their mental health.

Last updated on: 21 / 10 / 2020