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Deputation to Minister on Rosalie Unit

A deputation will travel to Dail Eireann on Wednesday to meet Minister for Mental Health and Older People to advance the case to keep the Rosalie Unit open in Castlerea.

Concern has been expressed that the HSE may have reneged on a 2015 promise to keep open a facility in Co Roscommon for elderly people with mental health issues.

Writing on, Ballaghaderreen’s Patsy McGarry reports: “Many of the residents of the Rosalie unit at Áras Naomh Chaolain in Castlerea suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The HSE had placed an embargo on admissions to the unit in September 2016, despite assurances given the previous year. Relatives of residents at the unit have expressed fears the HSE would close it and move residents to Ballinasloe.

Fears it would be closed were allayed in July 2015 when then minister of state for health Kathleen Lynch told a deputation from Roscommon there were “no plans to close it and there will be no such plans.”

You can read the full report here

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