first_imgL to R – Kevin Mills, Area Director of Nursing, Dr. Cliff Haley, Clinical Director Donegal Mental Health Services, John Hayes, CO, NWA, CHO, Michelle Murray, Tracey Roarty, Self Harm Emergency Department Nurse, John Kelly, ADON DHMS, Anne O’Connor, National Director Mental Health Services and Liam Doherty, Assistant Director of Nursing ED, LGH Photo- Clive WassonThe HSE Donegal Mental Health Service is launching a new self-harm nurse service for Donegal. This new service will be accessible to people who need this professional help from 8am until 8pm seven days per week, in the Emergency Department (ED) in Letterkenny General Hospital.The aim of the new service is to improve the outcomes for people who come to the Emergency Department following a self harm episode. This will be done by: -Improving the assessment and management of people who come to the ED with self harm-Improving access to appropriate treatments and support at times of personal crisis-Reducing rates of repeated self harm-Ensuring rapid and timely linkage to appropriate follow up care -Helping family and carers in trying to support those who present with self harm.Two newly appointed self harm nurse’s Tracey Roarty and Michelle Murray will provide a rapid response (assessment and follow up) to people presenting to the emergency department. They will also work with those who are inpatients in acute hospitals having required medical or surgical treatment as the first intervention for self harm.Tracey stated, “Each patient discharged from the ED following a presentation with self harm will be offered a telephone call within 24hrs from either Michelle or me. We will offer support and discuss their care plan further, and offer a brief follow up, with the aim of helping them to access the relevant services to address their needs. The main focus is to empower individuals to make choices, leading to recovery with a network of support in the community”.John Hayes, Chief Officer for North Western Area, Community Health Organisation said ‘We are delighted that Donegal Mental health clients now have a dedicated self harm nurse working with Letterkenny General Hospital as part of the Donegal Mental Services. This is an important new resource that will help us to provide a swift, reactive service for clients who need support and help.Anne O’Connor, National Director, HSE’s Mental Health services, “I would like to wish Tracey and Michelle well in their roles as dedicated self harm nurses working with Letterkenny General Hospital. This service is part of the HSE’s National Mental Health Clinical programmes designed to improve the way we help people and their families who use our services in Donegal.” NEW SELF HARM NURSE SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR DONEGAL was last modified: February 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegallaunchLetterkenny General HospitalSelf Harm Nurselast_img read more