St Vincent's Hospital, FairviewSt Vincent's Hospital, Fairview

Service Users & Carers

What to expect on admission

Patients are admitted under the care of a Consultant Psychiatrist and patient care is delivered by the multi -disciplinary team, which includes the consultant psychiatrist, non-consultant hospital doctors and nursing staff.


The multi-disciplinary team works closely with other staff from other disciplines including psychology and psychotherapy, Community Mental Health Nurses (CMHNs), Social work, Day Hospital staff, Home Care Team, Substance Abuse, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy. Treatment will vary according to the specific needs of the patient but may include drug therapy and psychosocial interventions. The physical health of patients is also attended to, with routine physical examination carried out following admission and there are close links with the Mater Hospital.

Admissions
All admissions to the hospital are on the basis of assessment by the sector psychiatric team or the on-call psychiatrist.

Visiting Times
Visiting Times are from 6-8pm Monday to Friday and 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Saturday and Sunday. Special arrangements may be made with the Clinical Nurse Manager of each ward.

Transport
There are no direct buses to the hospital. The nearest buses go to Fairview or Drumcondra, about a 15 minute walk from the hospital. Clontarf and Connolly DART stations are approximately 25 minutes walk from the hospital.  See www.irishrail.ie, www.dublinbus.ie for information on routes and timetables.

Smoking
St Vincent's Hospital operates a no-smoking policy in keeping with Government regulations. Inpatients may smoke in restricted areas within each ward. Smoking by visitors is not permitted.

Hospital Charges
A charge at the rate of €75 per day, subject to a maximum of €750 in any period of twelve months, shall be made for inpatient services provided under Section 52 of the Health Act, 1970 pursuant to the Health (Inpatient Charges) Regulations, 1987, as amended from time to time. Medical card holders are exempt from this charge. The hospital participates in VHI, Quinn Healthcare and AVIVA Health Insurance direct payment schemes.

Irish Advocacy Network

Advocacy is a supportive weekly service. It is available to stakeholders to empower them to speak up for self and to aid with decisions operating independently within the mental health services. Advice and support is given 1:1 or in groups on topics related to mental health especially the new Mental Treatment Act www.irishadvocacynetwork.com

Whitehall Carers Group

The Whitehall Carers Group are a local carers group of relatives and friends of persons who are affected by mental ill health. They are assisted and supported by SHINE (www.shineonline.ie) The group meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the 245 Club, Homefarm Road (at junction of Drumcondra Road Upper and Homefarm Road).

If you are interested in joining our group please come along to one of our meetings. New members are always welcome. Contact Numbers for the group are :
Colette Fahy:             01 8557322   087 6347027.
Christine McCabe:   01 8373217   087 0506060