CUTTING THE TAPE: Minister for Mental Health & Older People, Jim Daly, cutting the tape to officially open Tomies Day Centre at The Reeks, Killarney on Tuesday last. Also in photo are: Brid Collins (Clinical Nurse Manager), Dr Ana Goles, Juliette Brosnan (Acting Assistant Director of Nursing), Kevin Morrisson (General Manager, Mental Health Services HSE), Mary O’Mahony (Area Director of Nursing HSE), Dr Dara Phelan (Executive Clinical Director) as well as invited dignitaries and guests. Photo: Don MacMonagle


Two new mental health facilities were officially opened in Killarney last week.

Leawood House, Killarney is the new headquarters for the Rehabilitation and Recovery Mental Health team in South Kerry, and Tomies Hospital is located on the second floor of the Reeks Primary Care Centre in Killarney and offers services five days a week for people in the Killarney and surrounding areas who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Mary O’Mahony, Area Director of Nursing, Kerry Mental Health Services said that while all three facilities have been open for some time, this was the first opportunity to mark their important contribution in a formal way.

“We are glad to have been in a position to provide new and refurbished facilities for the people of Kerry which has contributed to the delivery of a safe, effective, quality service in a therapeutic environment for both service users and staff,” she said.

There has been significant investment in Mental Health Services in Kerry in recent years – the €13 million Deer Lodge unit opened in 2017 and work is almost complete on an extensive refurbishment of the Sliabh Mis Unit, which is co-located with University Hospital Kerry.

A third facility, the Fiachne Day Centre based in Kenmare Community Hospital, was also officially opened alsi, and will offer services for people from Kenmare and surrounding areas who are experiencing mental health difficulties.