Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, welcomed the Tánaiste Micheál Martin TD, along with Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, to officially open the new Mental Health & Disability Services Building at The Grove in Tuam on Monday.
The multi-million euro development at The Grove follows on from the first phase of the Tuam Primary Care Centre building, which was formally inaugurated in July 2018.
The second phase of the project now sees the replacement of the Old Grove Building with a new location for the Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT) and Adult Community Mental Health Team (ACMHT).
The new facility permits for easier access for the people of Tuam and the wider catchment area.
The Grove will be the new home of the Children’s Disability Service, which provides for over six hundred children and their families from Tuam and the surrounding areas.
This will see services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy delivered on site.
Meanwhile, the Tuam Community Mental Health Team offers services such as patient assessment and treatment, Outpatient Clinics and Specialist Counselling Services.
Minister Rabbitte said:
I am delighted to welcome the Tánaiste and Minister Butler to the official opening of the new Grove facility in Tuam on Monday. This next phase of the campus has been a long time in the works and it’s great for Tuam to have this state of the art facility officially open.
and she continued:
I am so pleased to see the Adult Community Mental Health Team have its base here and, as the Minister for Disability, I’m thrilled that we are now finally seeing the relocation of Children’s Disability Network Team-7 to the building, which focuses on the delivery of vital services for children with disabilities.
I know from speaking with staff on the ground that the split location, with CDN-7 located in two separate buildings, presented huge challenges clinically and logistically in progressing a service to children. The new location in The Grove will further develop the provision of services to children close to where they live, in line with the principles of the Progressing Disability services model.
and she concluded
This new facility provides for over 1,000 people from across the county with staff providing care of the highest standard.
It’s so important that people can access the care they need close to where they live.
Facilities such as The Grove will bring us closer to having not only a fully functioning and effective children’s disability service here in Galway that will meet all the needs of children with disabilities and their families, but a service that we can all, as a community, be very proud of.