Galway Simon Health & Well-being Team

Providing homeless services is much more than just putting a roof over someone’s head. The investment in health-related supports is a vital contributor in helping people turn their lives round. Poor physical or mental health, traumatic life events, lack of supportive networks, institutional care, addiction, poverty, and unemployment are all too common experiences of many of the clients that engage with our services. Read more about the reasons people become homeless.

By addressing the underlying risk factors and putting the right supports in place, someone experiencing these complex issues can make a lasting progression out of homelessness to lead an independent life in the community.

We provide the best possible support to all of our clients through the services of our Health and Well-being team who provide specialist support under the following categories:

• General Nursing Supports with attendant Dental and Chiropody Treatment
• Mental Health Supports
• Drug and Alcohol Counselling
• Relapse Prevention Counselling
• Occupational Therapy

Benzodiazepine Community Detox Programme

Galway Simon Community Detox Service is a pilot project which has been set up to help support people who wish to detoxify from benzodiazepines and who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

Though benzodiazepines can be beneficial when used appropriately, long term use can lead to increased tolerance and dependence. Our Community Detoxification Service is specifically interested in engaging with individuals who have developed such a dependency and are interested in seeking to have this dependency addressed.

Using a psychosocial model of service delivery, the service will support clients to reduce or stop their use of benzodiazepines. The central focus of the service is to adhere to a client centred approach, working in partnership with the client towards mutually identified treatment goals.

Client’s will be assigned a key worker who will meet with them on a weekly basis to provide psychosocial support, including:

  1. Information and preparation for the benzodiazepine detoxification.
  2. Together with their GP, support them throughout the detoxification process.
  3. Provide ongoing aftercare support.

How to make a referral
Contact a member of the Detox team to make a referral:

By Email:
detox@galwaysimon.ie

By Phone:
Gerry – 085 871 2236
Tanya – 085 872 0731

Visit the Drop in Clinic:
Wednesdays, 9.30am-12.30pm
64 Dominick Street Lower, Galway
(above Corless Formalwear)

Medical Clinic for Homeless in Galway

Teach Corrib Medical Clinic targets homeless patients who do not have access to their own GP. The clinic is staffed by both a doctor and nurse and aims to treat the patient holistically addressing everything from acute medical complaints to advice regarding accommodation to medical card applications. This is a walk in service allowing homeless people to access treatment without appointment.

Services offered
The clinics provide general medical treatment as well as specialised services that are particularly relevant to marginalised patients including:

  • Blood borne virus screening
  • Naloxone prescribing
  • Medical card application assistance
  • Wound care
  • STI screening
  • Dental referral
  • Podiatry referral
  • Minor surgery
  • Flu vaccination
  • Hepatitis vaccination
  • Contraception

Further information/referral
We are happy to see patients without appointment so please direct suitable to our Thursday medical clinics. If you require further information or are concerned about the medical needs of a homeless patient, please contact Dr. Kieran Coleman at kieran.coleman@healthmail.ie or Nurse Regina Boyle at Regina.Boyle@galwaysimon.ie

Locations and times:
Thursday Morning (Emergency Accommodation Clinic)
Abbey House,
113 Upper Newcastle Road,
Galway

Thursday afternoon (Walk in clinic)
Teach Corrib Medical Clinic,
Cope Teach Corrib Day Centre,
Seamus Quirke Road,
Galway