Psychiatry for the Elderly provides both community and hospital services through our multidisciplinary mental health team. The community-based services are provided through the Martha Whiteway Day Hospital, in people’s homes, in nursing homes and to continuing care and rehabilitation units located within the St James’s Hospital catchment area. The hospital service includes the Day Hospital, the outpatient department and our inpatient ward: Conolly Norman Unit at the Jonathan Swift Clinic and the consultation liaison services in the wards.
The Community Mental Health Team: The Community Mental Health Team operates from the Martha Whiteway Day Hospital, providing assessment and treatment to patients living in their own homes or in community-based residential and continuing care settings. Each person has a key worker, who is a community mental health nurse or a senior doctor, assigned to them. The key worker co-ordinates all aspects of the management of the patient and the input of the other team members.
Community Consultation Liaison Service: Psychiatry for the Elderly provides a consultation liaison service to the Robert Mayne Day Hospital and to several peripheral public and private rehabilitation and long stay units.
Outpatient Clinics: Patients who require an assessment in a hospital setting can attend outpatient clinics located in the Outpatients Department of St. James’s Hospital.
Inpatient Clinical Care The Conolly Norman Unit: The Conolly Norman is a nine-bedded unit on the ground floor of the Jonathan Swift Clinic located in St James’s hospital. We provide acute inpatient care for the Dublin South City mental health services for older people. Inpatient care is provided by a multidisciplinary team.
General Hospital Consultation Liaison Service: Psychiatry for the Elderly provides a consultation liaison service to all patients over the age of 65 admitted to St James’s Hospital.