Updates to day services in response to COVID-19

We have made a number of updates to our day services to follow public health guidance in response to COVID-19.

Dean Clinics and day services

Dean Clinics and day services

Most of our Dean Clinic outpatient appointments continue to be delivered through phone, video and online technologies, while day services programmes continue to be provided remotely using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams).

A Service User IT Support (SUITS) helpdesk is available to assist service users to access their online appointments. The SUITS helpdesk is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday by calling 01 249 3629 or emailing suits@stpatsmail.com. Emails, voice messages or website requests received outside of these hours are reviewed the next morning and followed up within two working days.

Direct access day programmes

We provide direct access to a number of day programmes for people living with a mental health difficulty.

Direct access day programmes

These programmes, currently delivered online via MS Teams, are aimed at people currently (and remaining) under the care of mental health services separate to St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS) and those under the care of GPs.

Individuals referred from an external referrer will be subject to the criteria below.

  • Referrals will be accepted from consultant psychiatrists, GPs, and registrars working in mental health services.
  • Those referred will have a diagnosis of, or are being treated for, a mental health difficulty.
  • Referral forms can be downloaded here and can be posted to Referral and Assessment, St Patrick's University Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8, D08 K7YW. Alternatively, referrals can be created electronically via Healthlinks.
  • The referrer will retain clinical responsibility for the service user while they are attending the programme.
  • The referrer will undertake to review the service user as required while attending the day programme.
  • In the case of a psychiatric emergency while the service user is attending a programme, our crisis intervention policy will be employed and the service user will be seen in our Referrals and Assessment department as appropriate.

Referral process

Once the referral is received, it is assessed by a member of our Referral and Assessment team. The service users’ insurance is checked, and the service user will receive a letter advising what the next steps are.

The relevant Programme Coordinator will contact the service user with an appointment for assessment or a start date. It is important to note that, because these day programmes are closed groups, waiting lists are likely to be formed.

The outcome of the assessment and programme start date will be communicated to the referrer in writing. A follow-up summary and any recommendations will be forwarded to the referrer when the programme is completed or if the service user decides to withdraw from the programme.

Programmes currently available to external referrers

Programme Base Schedule Overview
Mindfulness St Patrick's, Lucan Monday evenings, three and a half hours for eight weeks Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) focuses on empowering people to open up to their experiences, be present and cultivate a kinder, more compassionate self.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

St Patrick's University Hospital Wednesdays and Thursdays, seven hours for six weeks This programme imparts tools and techniques to manage or prevent troubling symptoms through a structured plan

ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)

St Patrick's, Lucan Tuesday, three and a half hours for eight weeks  This programme shares skills to help us become 'unstuck' and to manage difficult thoughts and emotions effectively.


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