Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has received confirmation that work on a new acute mental health facility is due to begin by June this year. The 25 bed unit will be built on the Sligo University Hospital campus.
Deputy Scanlon said, “I am pleased that we have finally been given a timeline for work on this important facility. Plans for this unit have been almost 10 years in the making and I am glad that we now have a roadmap for the delivery of the project.
“Mental health services in the North West have been under severe pressure over the past number of years, and while this unit will not be open until the end of 2019, it will be a state of the art facility which will cater for the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“Following correspondence with the Health Minister, the HSE has now confirmed to me that enabling works are due to begin by June of this year, with the main construction expected to get underway in early 2018. The unit is scheduled to open before the end of 2019.
“This confirmation will provide much needed assurance that mental health facilities in Sligo have not been forgotten. We must now ensure that work on the project is progressed in a timely manner so that the facility can be opened on or even ahead of schedule”.