The Keltoi centre at St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin, has been earmarked as the national dual diagnosis (DD) rehabilitation centre, the Medical Independent can report.
The HSE’s model of care for DD, which was launched in May, recommended that an “appropriately staffed” 10-to-16 bedded inpatient national rehabilitation centre should be established. The centre should preferably be in Dublin, according to the document.
The Keltoi building, which was previously a drug rehabilitation centre, was controversially closed in March 2020 to serve as a Covid-19 isolation facility. The building, which is managed by HSE Primary Care (Social Inclusion), is currently being refurbished.
“Discussions are at an early stage with different stakeholders for this building to be used as the national referral centre for service users who require dual diagnosis rehabilitation,” said a HSE spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the roll-out of the DD model of care is experiencing “a minor delay”, according to a report on implementation of the mental health strategy for the first quarter of 2023.
While “significant progress” had been made on recruitment for the adult team in Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) 3, which covers the mid-west, its commencement was dependent on refurbishing a building that will house the service. The report also noted there had been no applications for the consultant post in the adult team for CHO 4, which covers Cork/Kerry, and an international search was necessary.
The HSE’s spokesperson said that both teams should be operational by the end of 2023/early 2024.
In addition, three posts approved for the adolescent team in CHO 9 (north Dublin) were being recruited, according to the implementation report.