Monday 18 December 2017

HSE hopeful of specialist bed for mental health patient (13)

Wexford General Hospital
Wexford General Hospital

the HSE says it is hopeful that a specialist bed at a child and adolescent unit in Cork will soon be made available to a 13-year-old girl who has been kept on a medical ward at Wexford General Hospital in the eight weeks since she attempted suicide.

Cllr George Lawlor said he had been given a promise of a place following a meeting on the fringes of the HSE Southern Health Board in Cork on Thursday.

'I spoke to Anne-Marie Lannigan and she has assured me the case is a top priority,' he told this newspaper following a meeting with the head of the community services for the HSE South.

'The HSE South is working on the case and are hopeful that the doctors in Wexford will give the go-ahead once a specialist bed is made available in Cork,' he said.

'Hopefully, there will be some light at the end of the tunnel for this family who have been put through a terrible ordeal,' said the Wexford councillor.

Last week, the child's mother blamed the child and family support agency Tusla for the terrible situation as it had refused to engage with her or an advocate representing the family to place the girl in a specialist unit.

She said she believed the agency did not want to pay for the child's care and preferred to keep her in a 'safe place' in a medical and critical illness ward at Wexford Hospital, which she said was 'ill-equipped' to deal with a suicidal child.

Cllr Lawlor said last week that he couldn't understand why, what was an urgent issue, could not have been dealt with by now.

A spokesperson for the Ireland East Hospital Group said then it had no comment to make and the HSE said it was not an issue for them to comment on.

Wexford People

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