Minister McEntee visits new state of the art acute mental health unit in Drogheda

Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Helen McEntee today visited the new state of the art acute mental health unit on the Crosslanes site in Drogheda, which is due to open later this year.  This facility is in close proximity to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda.

Minister Mc Entee TD said “
I welcome the development of the new in-patient unit which is in close proximity to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. This is a modern, purposely designed facility of appropriate capacity and quality, and is fully consistent with the widely held need to modernise our services in line with A Vision for Change. It will provide a fantastic service for the people of Meath and Louth and it will enable the staff to work in the best possible environment”

“There has always been good cross party co-operation and support on modernising our mental health services. The new unit will replace the outdated facilities in Navan and Ardee, including their dormitory style accommodation, with a 21st century building. As it currently stands, flexibility within the current dormitory structures in Ardee and Navan limits occupancy levels and this new unit will allow for 100% flexibility on bed usage as each patient will be accommodated in their own bedroom.  Dedicated social, communal and therapeutic facilities have been purposely designed into the day to day running of the new unit. Similar units have been provided elsewhere in the country, such as the one recently opened in Cork and underway in Galway. These have clearly shown how mental health services, whether acute or community based, are being better integrated across the spectrum of care required at local or regional level. The new purpose built acute admission unit in Drogheda will allow the HSE to refocus services in Navan, such as providing a new Acute Day Hospital.  This new Acute Day Hospital will continue to accommodate those in need of social, communal and therapeutic facilities on an outpatient basis”

Protocols are being developed between the Mental Health Services, the Acute Hospital Services and the Ambulance Service to ensure that anyone who presents after hours will be treated appropriately. If transport is required to bring a person to Drogheda, that service will be provided.

While there are still a number of issues to be resolved, I would hope the new unit will open as quickly as possible. No changes will be made until those issues are resolved”.


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