If you're struggling with your mental health, you may need to be referred to a mental health professional, such as a psychologist or a psychiatrist.
A psychologist is a mental health professional who specialises in the study of the human mind and behaviour. They use talk therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), or psychotherapy, to help patients manage their mental health conditions. They do not prescribe medication.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in mental health. They can diagnose and treat mental health conditions, and are able to prescribe medication. They may also use talk therapy in conjunction with medication to help manage mental health conditions.
It's important to note that both psychologists and psychiatrists are trained professionals who can provide effective treatment for mental health conditions. The type of professional you see will depend on your individual needs and the nature of your mental health condition. Your GP will be able to advise you on which type of professional is most suitable for you. With the right care and support, it's possible to manage and overcome mental health conditions and improve your overall well-being.
In Blackrock Health, our three hospitals offer access to consultant psychologists and psychiatrists. They provide treatment for mental health conditions, primarily on an outpatient basis. Hermitage Clinic also provides some limited inpatient mental health services for adults.
Who we treat
Our team provide outpatient services to patients referred by their GP. We also provide support to patients receiving medical and surgical inpatient care in our three hospitals.
What to expect
We have a limited team of psychiatrists who provide adult psychiatric services on an outpatient basis.
We do not accept emergency referrals.
Once we have received your referral, a member of our team will arrange for you to have a consultation with a consultant psychiatrist. They'll spend some time with you to gain an understanding of your illness.
You may be prescribed additional therapies or medication based on your diagnosis.
How do I get this?
You will need a referral letter from your GP or consultant before you make an appointment.
Is this insured?
Not all services are covered by health insurance. To find out if you're covered, please check your health insurance before your visit. You can do this on our health insurance cover check page, or by contacting your health insurer.
How do I pay?
If you do not have health insurance or your health plan does not cover the full cost, you will need to pay the balance due before your treatment or procedure. You may be able to claim back some fees on your insurance. To pay an excess not covered by your insurance or any other inpatient fees, please visit our payment page. If you have any queries about paying for your care, please contact the finance team in your hospital.