Saturday, July 31, 2021

Minister Mary Butler, pictured during a recent visit to the Springmount Residential Unit at Dungarvan Community Hospital.

FUNDING for a new replacement 11-bed Mental Health Unit on Dungarvan’s Youghal Road has been provided for in the Government’s 2021 Capital Plan.

Making the announcement yesterday, Minister for Health and Older People, Mary Butler (FF) said that €780,000 had been provided to relocate the Springmount Residential Unit to a new purpose-built facility at Sea Breeze on the Youghal Road.

Springmount House is a community-based residential facility which provides a mental health rehabilitation and recovery service to individuals experiencing a mental illness or a mental disorder.

However, the building was not purpose built with its current use in mind, with Minister Butler adding: “the confirmation of the new build is very welcome, which will be purpose built for service users, in line with the new Mental Health policy Sharing the Vision. This policy puts service users care front and centre of their care plan”.

The Minister continued: “I recently visited the facility, met the staff and viewed the premises located at the back of Dungarvan Community Hospital. Confirmation of the new build will also be welcomed by Dungarvan Community Hospital as it will provide extra capacity going forward.”

Minister Butler described the announcement as “positive news for Dungarvan and the surrounding areas of West Waterford”. It follows news that a new 50-unit Adult Acute Mental Health, likely to be built within the grounds of University Hospital Waterford, had also been included in the 2021 Capital Plan. Detailed designs for the new facility are set to be finalised before year’s end.

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