Southern Health Board seeks specialised unit for disturbed children.

The Southern Health Board is to step up pressure on the government to secure the development of a specialised unit for disturbed children in Kerry and Cork. Children under the age of 16 with psychiatric problems are treated in paediatric units, while others are treated in adult psychiatric units.Chairman of the southern health board cllr Damien Wallace says he will as minister martin to speed up a decision on a unit for disturbed children in Kerry and cork. According to Cllr Wallace, it`s unacceptable that children are treated in adult wards. The SHB`s development plan for child and adolescent services published in 2000 outlined the need for the development of a 20 bed in patient unit for children under 16 with psychiatric problems.A planning brief for a new in patient unit has been prepared and a project team has submitted these plans to the department of health. Department approval is needed before a design team is appointed for the project. The issue is due to come before a health board meeting next week