Data protection

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is committed to data protection.

Privacy notice

Privacy notice

We fully believe in the importance and upholding of your data protection rights, and we aim to be completely transparent around the policies and practices regarding our collection and use of your personal data.

 We have a robust Privacy Notice in place, which is underpinned by our commitment to protect people’s freedoms and rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU), the Irish Data Protection Act 2018, and other relevant legislation.

Through our Privacy Notice, we intend to make clear the type of personal information that we hold and how we process (or handle) your personal data.

See our Privacy Notice here.

Data protection

Data protection

Mental health assessments

If we receive a referral to SPMHS for you, you may be offered a Prompt Assessment of Needs (PAON) with our Referral and Assessment Service to identify which service would be best for you. It is essential that we record this assessment in our electronic health record so that we can provide the best possible service to you.

We have a leaflet available which advises you of your data protection rights relating to the PAON.

See the PAON data protection leaflet here.


If you are receiving care and treatment in SPMHS, we collect information that helps us in providing your mental healthcare. This includes information relating to your demographics, medical history, family history, lifestyle, test results and more. This applies for service users in both our adult and adolescent services.

We have leaflets available which give data protection information, including details of the relevant legislation and the data protection rights available to you.

See our data protection leaflet for adult services.

See our data protection leaflet for adolescent services.

Data Protection Officer

Data Protection Officer

You can contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO), John Woods, with queries about data protection in SPMHS. You can contact our DPO by calling 01 249 3216; emailing; or writing to John Woods, St Patrick's University Hospital, James Street, Dublin 8.

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