DEER LODGE KILLARNEY OPENS 11-7-2017: One final historic photograph of Sstaff at St. Finan's Hospital Killarney pictured on the final day at work in The O'Connor Unit before moving to Deer Lodge on Tuesday. Pictured are front from left, Michael O'Leary, Centre Manager, Mary O'Mahony, Area Director of Nursing, Dr Darra Phelan, Consultant Psychiatrist and Louise Fitzgerald, staff nurse. At back, Denis Moynihan, Danny Jones, Peggy O'Donoghue, Mary Lyons, Ann Maria Culloty, Aidan Murphy, Christine Carroll, Catherine Harrington, Adrian Morrisson, Anne O'Connor, Samira Hayes, John O'Mahony, Aoife McSweeney and Catherine Fitzgerald.
The residents and staff moved to a new €13 million Deer Lodge Mental Health facility on St. Margaret's Road, Killarney. St Finan's Hospital first opened its doors to residents in 1849.
Photo: Don MacMonagle
Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is delighted to confirm that the €13 million Deer Lodge Mental Health facility opened in Killarney today. Head of Mental Health Services Sinead Glennon said that the move is good news for all of Kerry and should be celebrated by the entire community.
“This is a very significant day for mental health services in Kerry and represents a huge step forward in the care we can provide. All of Kerry can be very proud of this fantastic €13 million facility, and of the very high level of care which will be provided there,” she said.
“In particular, this is an important day for the people who have now moved out of the outdated and entirely unsuitable O’Connor Unit. Thanks to the investment in Deer Lodge, we can now offer improved services and therapeutic intervention in rehabilitative and older persons’ mental health,” Ms Glennon added.
The management of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare paid tribute to the contribution and commitment of all staff involved in the project, from the design stage to completion. This new facility will transform the lives of the many residents who will use the 40-bed fa