HSE confirms services at ‘the Rock’ Ballymote to move

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that the services currently provided at ‘Rock’ in Ballymote will close in due course.

The HSE has issued a statement to Ocean FM News following concerns raised by Independent Councillor Margaret Gormley at a meeting in Tubbercurry yesterday.

The HSE has confirmed that the current day care centre model at the Rock in Ballymote will cease ‘in due course’.

In a statement today, it says it’s part of the overall plan within the Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services to move towards models of care where people are based in the community.

As part of this plan, the services at the Rock will cease in due course and users will move to the new primary care building in Ballymote which is currently under construction.

The HSE says the current ‘day care centre’ model creates a stigma for people who use these facilities and they believe people with mental health issues have a right to access the same facililies as everyone else in the community.

Thus, the existing day care centre services and models of care in ‘The Rock’, will cease in due course.

However, the HSE says plans are in place for the service-users to access the same care in another facility in Ballymote, Colloney and Tubbercurry and transport arrangements will be provided.

It says similar moves and reconfigurations of Mental Health Day Care services have taken place in Manorhamilton, Drumsna and Sligo Town and have ‘been hugely successful’.