The Lucena Clinic is a child and Adolescent mental health service, run by the HSE and Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Services.
The Lucena Clinic services are provided via their five clinics which are located in:
- Dun Laoghaire
As a Specialist mental Health Clinic, they require a GP or other medical referral (Paediatrician, Area Medical officer). In order to make a referral the doctor must first see and assess the child to consider whether referral might be helpful. Typically a doctor will advise that a child is referred when significant concerns have been raised regarding a child’s psychological well-being. If a Teacher or Social Worker is concerned about a child, he/she should recommend to the parent that the child be brought to a GP so a decision can be reached as to the need for referral to a CAMHS clinic.
In order for the Clinic to provide the necessary help for a child, the difficulties the child presents with must fall within the expertise of the clinical staff. As a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs), they are a specialist service and have expertise in diagnosing and treating the following:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar/Schizophrenia Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
The service does not provide the following:
- Treatment programmes for children with Autism.
- Educational Psychological Assessments
- Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy Assessments