File photo: Naas Hospital, where the team will be based
The HSE is to start hiring top experts for a new liaison team for mental health services in Kildare.
Kildare South TD, Martin Heydon announced that an allocation of €300,000 in the HSE service plan will allow recruitment to begin. The HSE service plan for 2017 was published this week.
“This funding confirmation is very welcome news for mental health services in Kildare and will allow recruitment to begin for a full liaison team to be based at Naas Hospital. This will greatly assist where somebody presents at A&E or another healthcare facility with mental health issues. The liaison team will be well placed to deal with people as they present and be best placed to direct them to the service they require in a timely manner.”
He said this funding is in addition to capital funding of €5.5m, which will allow for an extension and improvement of the facilities at the Lakeview unit.
“The staff at lakeview have been operating at capacity for some time and I am glad this has been recognised by Minister with responsibility for Mental Health Helen McEntee who I continue to work closely with to improve mental health services in Kildare.”
"I have consistently raised the need for investment in Kildare mental health services in the Dail and the historic underfunding at a time when our population has increased dramatically. I look forward to continuing to work with management and staff at Naas to improve the provision and availability of mental health support services throughout Kildare,” he concluded.
Dep Fiona O'Loughlin also welcomed the news of the recruitment of the team.
“The Minister has also agreed to look at the potential of increasing places in a high support hostel – at the moment, there are only 27 such places provided whereas we require 60 places for Kildare and West Wicklow," she said.
"Funding for mental health services in Kildare is always welcome news and the fact that this will greatly help any individual presenting at Naas accident and emergency department."