Inpatient and day services at St Patrick’s, Lucan

St Patrick’s, Lucan, a 52-bed hospital, is part of the wider St Patrick’s Mental Health Services organisation, which encompasses St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8 and Willow Grove Adolescent Unit, Dublin 8. Accommodation is mainly in en-suite single rooms.

St Patrick’s, Lucan caters for a wide range of mental health difficulties including;

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Alcohol/chemical dependence
  • Bipolar mood disorder

Treatment and care is provided by multi-disciplinary teams consisting of psychiatrists, registrars, ward-based nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists and family therapists.

All adult services and programmes available at St Patrick’s University Hospital (SPUH) can also be accessed at St Patrick’s, Lucan, with the exception of the acute adult services in the Dean Swift Ward, SPUH.  Transport is arranged between St Patrick’s, Lucan and St Patrick’s University Hospital, James’ Street.

Consultants in St Patrick’s, Lucan

Dr Noel Kennedy is a general adult psychiatrist who has overseen the development of the Mood Disorders Programme in St Patrick’s, Lucan where he has worked as a consultant psychiatrist for the past 15 years. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals on the epidemiology, treatment and outcome of mood disorders. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research and is a Senior Lecturer with Trinity College Dublin. His clinical expertise is in the assessment and treatment of resistant mood disorders, particularly depression.

Dr Sarah Prasad is a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry who has trained in cognitive behavioural therapy and who has an interest in the use of cognitive and behavioural models in combination with pharmacological treatments to treat particularly mood and anxiety disorders. 

Dr Prasad completed her speciality training in both Australia and Ireland.  Dr Prasad has her MRCPych. Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is also a member of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland.  

Dr Maria Morgan is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry who in addition has special interest in the treatment of severe and enduring mental illness, and medico-legal psychiatry.

Dr Morgan is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK and of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland. She is currently Chair of the Faculty of Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry in the College. She was previously Lead Consultant in the Tribunals Section of the Mental Health Commission.

How to refer to St Patrick’s, Lucan

GPs can refer to St Patrick’s, Lucan in a number of ways, with the preferred option for referrals being electronically:

Electronic referrals

      • eReferrals can be sent electronically via Healthlink or via your GP Practice IT Management System (such as Socrates or HealthOne).
      • Simply select St Patrick's Mental Health Services from the private hospital list and then Psychiatric Referral Service from departments.
      • After this is completed, the team at St Patrick’s will respond. 

St Patrick’s is also connected to the Health Service Executive (HSE) Secure Healthmail Service, which is available for free to all GPs. You can send secure email queries to

Fax referrals

GPs that wish to fax referrals to the Referral & Assessment Service can do so on this Fax number: 01 249 3609. This fax machine is located in a secure area, only accessible by appropriate staff. 

For further enquiries, you can contact the Referral & Assessment Service at 01-249 3635.

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Referring to day services in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

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