Calls to upgrade Ashbrook House mental health facility

Local representatives are urging the Health Service Executive (HSE) to upgrade rather than close the Ashbrook House Mental Health facility in Mohill despite a recommendation from the Mental Health Commission that the facility be closed and patients relocated.

Local representatives are urging the Health Service Executive (HSE) to upgrade rather than close the Ashbrook House Mental Health facility in Mohill despite a recommendation from the Mental Health Commission that the facility be closed and patients relocated.

Local representatives are urging the Health Service Executive (HSE) to upgrade rather than close the Ashbrook House Mental Health facility in Mohill despite a recommendation from the Mental Health Commission that the facility be closed and patients relocated.

A report into Ashbrook House has maintained that, while the staff provide an excellent level of care, the fabric of the building is “not fit for purpose”. The recommendation from the Mental Health Commission is that the HSE should immediately progress plans to relocate residents.

In October last year the Mental Health Commission carried out an inspection at the facility which was opened as a 24 hour community staffed residence in 1992. The ensuing report found that most of the 12 residents, ranging in age from 41 to 75, were accommodated in twin bedded rooms which weren’t suitable for long term living, especially when the average stay at Ashbrook was between seven to eight years.

See this week’s issue of the Leitrim Observer for the full story.