Dáil Éireann - Volume 685 - 18 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the position in respect of emergency beds in hospital for adolescents with psychiatric conditions; the number available in County Wicklow; the waiting time for admittance; the number of adolescents on the waiting list for hospital admittance in this area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24216/09]

  Deputy John Moloney: There are currently 22 child and adolescent beds in the mental health service, ten in Galway and 12 in Dublin (six in St. Vincent’s Fairview, six in Warrenstown). An additional eight interim beds have recently been completed in St. Stephen’s Hospital, Cork, and it is anticipated that these beds will be commissioned shortly. Construction has commenced on two 20 bed units in Bessboro, Cork and Merlin Park, Galway. Construction is scheduled to be completed on both of these developments in late 2009 and the beds commissioned in 2010.

With regard to the questions raised by the Deputy in relation to the number of adolescents on the waiting list for hospital admittance in the Wicklow area and the waiting time for admittance, I have referred these questions to the HSE for direct reply.

Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the position with regard to the waiting list for psychiatric assessment for adolescents in County Wicklow; the number of adolescents on the waiting list for assessment in this area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24217/09]

  Deputy John Moloney: As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.