Minister cuts the tape to declare centres open

TWO new mental health service centres in Killarney and another in Kenmare have been officially opened.

Jim Daly, Minister of State at the Department of Health, with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, visited the county to open the state-of-the-art centres which are used by Kerry Mental Health Services.

The first port of call was the Fiachne Day Centre in Kenmare at noon before Minister Daly and travelleld on to Leawood House on Countess Road and Tomies Day Hospital at The Reeks Gateway on St Margaret’s Road in Killarney.

The facilities, run by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, have been in operation for some time and Kerry TDs and councillors were out in force to welcome the minister.

The HSE says Leawood House will allow better services can be delivered and that more people can be facilitated.

Staff and service-users will have access to an increased range of services, including enhanced nursing and occupational therapy services.

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