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Concerns raised about long-term future of Rosalie unit in Castlerea, which has been closed to new admissions since Sept 2016

A Roscommon Senator has expressed concerns about the long-term future of the Rosalie unit at Aras Naomh Chaolain in Castlerea, which provides care for elderly patients with Alzheimers, dementia and other mental health issues.

Back in 2015, families of residents raised concerns about the possible closure of the unit after clinical assessments were carried out on residents.

At the time, the Minister with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch gave an assurance that the Rosalie unit would not close.

However, it has now emerged that the unit has been closed to new admissions since September 2016 – almost a year and a half ago.

The HSE’s Chief Health Officer Tony Canavan has confirmed to Senator Maura Hopkins that it is not currently proposed to reopen the Rosalie unit to new admissions, and says there is capacity within the Creagh Suite in Ballinasloe to accommodate patients with complex continuing psychiatric care needs.

Senator Maura Hopkins says this raises concerns about the longterm future of the facility, as there were 33 beds when the Rosalie unit was operating at full capacity, and there are now just 12 residents in the unit.

However, she has welcomed assurances from the HSE that the current residents will remain there for as long as they require.

Senator Hopkins is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly to clarify plans for the Rosalie unit going forward.



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