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Deer Lodge facility set to open its doors on July 11

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KERRY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES has confirmed that residents will move into Deer Lodge, Killarney, on July 11. In September, Killarney Advertiser highlighted how members of the Kerry branch of the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association were concerned that the brand-new €13 million facility was lying idle.

There has this week been a broad welcome for the opening of the centre, on St Margaret’s Road. “Once open, it will be a facility which all of Kerry will be proud of. Above all, opening Deer Lodge will be a tremendous move for the people currently living in the out-dated and entirely unsuitable O’Connor Unit,” added the HSE statement. “It will allow for the improved provision of services and therapeutic intervention in rehabilitative and older persons mental health.”

Considerable work and investment has gone into getting Deer Lodge ready for opening, noted the HSE. The opening of Deer Lodge will mean that there will be an overall increase of eight beds in Mental Health Services in Kerry, and there will be a corresponding increase in staff number of 28.5. In terms of the ratio of staff to residents, there will be a total of 65.46 WTE (whole time equivalents) for 40 residents.

An additional €1.15 million has been allocated for staffing to ensure the safe transfer of residents. “Again, management are absolutely confident that this level of staffing will provide a safe and high quality service to the residents of Deer Lodge," stated the HSE.

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) has recently conducted a site visit as part of the registration process and that commission has also reviewed and approved the staff ratios. The Labour Court issued a binding recommendation last month in relation to the opening of this important and much-needed facility.

The issue was referred to the Labour Court after agreement was not reached at the WRC. Following a hearing last month (May), a binding ruling was issued by the Labour Court.

The court found that “the most efficient way forward is for the staff to move to the new facility with immediate effect under the terms of the WRC proposal of April 18”. It also ruled that both parties should “continue to engage with a view to putting final staffing and operational arrangements in place on foot of the six month review envisaged in that proposal”.

At a branch meeting of the Kerry Branch of the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association on June 13, members agreed to cooperate with the transfer of services from the O’Connor Unit, to Deer Lodge on July 11. But members continued to express grave concern in relation to the lack of nurses being assigned to Deer Lodge and believe that this will cause a health and safety issue going forward for both staff and residents.

Mental health nurses commenced the withdrawal from Cluain Fhionnain, Ballydribeen, Killarney, a 30-bed Intellectual Disability Services in Ballydribeen, Killarney, on June 12. Cluain Fhionnain was opened in 2001 when 30 residents from St Finan’s Hospital transferred to the facility in Ballydribeen.

Fifteen residents will remain on in Cluain Fhionnain under the care of a private care provider name Home Instead. It is envisaged that the remaining residents will transfer out to houses in the community over the next 12 to 18 months.

“Thirty nursing staff will transfer back to Kerry mental health services, but regrettably not a single staff member or resource from Cluain Fhionnain will transfer to a community setting or new service initiative in line with a Vision for Change,” said Cormac Williams of the Kerry branch of the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association. “The HSE policy of closure, retreat and retrenchment within Kerry mental health service continues unabated, and services developments like 24/7 Suicide Prevention, 24/7 Crisis Intervention, Respite Care, Outreach remain a distant aspiration rather than a tangible reality within Kerry mental health service. Nurses from Cluain Fhionnain will be reassigned to fill existing vacancies in other parts of the county and reduce overtime costs.

“The PNA believes the management of Kerry mental health service have once again missed a golden opportunity to do something, positive, constructive and worthwhile for both the services and staff of Kerry mental health services with the transfer of Cluain Fhionnain to a private care provider.”
 


 
Above: Pictured are Deer Lodge are Aidan Murphy, Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Kerry Mental Health Services (KMHS), Adrian Morrisson, Projects Officer, KMHS, Minister Brendan Griffin, Senator Paul Coghlan, Mary O’Mahony, Area Director of Nursing, KMHS, Helen McEntee, Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Sinead Glennon, Head of Mental Health Cork and Kerry, Christine Carroll, Area Administrator, KMHS, Cllr John Sheehan and Dr Darra Phelan, Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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