Lakeview is a 30-bedded unit which provides short-term care for people with acute mental health needs. Lakeview unit consists of 5 individual rooms, 2 six bedded areas, 3 four bedded areas and a special care suite. These areas are allocated depending on patient needs.
Our aim is to promote, restore and maintain the mental health and wellbeing of the people referred to our service. Our service is an adult based mental health service for the Kildare/West Wicklow catchment area, which has a population of approximately 180,000. For the purpose of care management the area is divided into sectors, five sector areas in total. Within each sector there is a multidisciplinary team which comprises: Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Registrars, Ward-based and Community based nursing staff, Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Secretarial staff and catering and household staff on the unit. In addition the unit has a staffed therapy area which is part of the treatment package and clients attend daily as appropriate to their needs.
Each sector has access to the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Drama therapy and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Team. There is a designated nurse responsible for all aspects of the teaching, and training of staff with regard to electro convulsive therapy which is available on the unit.
Admission to Lakeview is through Accident & Emergency, from outpatient clinics, transfer from other hospitals and elective admissions in consultation with ward team. Following arrival to the unit there is an assessment process that involves the nursing and medical staff. A plan of care is formulated with the patient and is based on their individual needs.
Lakeview unit is committed to a quality learning environment and facilitates student training through elective and rostered placements. Staff continually update their skills and knowledge through in-service training and college based courses. In line with current legislation Lakeview is a no smoking area. There are designated smoking areas in the courtyard downstairs and the roof garden.
Visiting times during the week are from 1pm-2pm and 5pm-8pm. Weekend visiting is from 1pm-8pm. Visiting outside of these times can be negotiated with ward staff.