Press Release

New Unit for Children with Special Needs at Stewarts Hospital, Palmerstown

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, at the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform and at the Department of Education & Science, with special responsibility for children, Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D., has today (3rd December, 2002) opened a New Unit for Children with Special Needs at Stewarts Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.

This new unit has been specifically designed and built to meet the needs of five children with special needs. The unit will provide three children with a residential place and also has two respite places. The children will be attending school and will receive a high level of clinical and nursing input. This will include medical, psychological, social work, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, dietician inputs along with specialised nursing care.

“The services provided by the new unit will further enhance the broad range of support services provided to persons with an intellectual disability and their families by Stewarts Hospital,” said the Minister.