Riverbank is a practical place for GPs and hospital consultants to see their homeless patients, who might otherwise fall off the radar. Riverbank’s primary healthcare services are provided thanks to the voluntary support and in partnership with the HSE, St. James’s Hospital, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and SafetyNet. Treating physical and mental health issues before they turn into A&E visits makes sense from both a humanitarian and an economic perspective.
Merchants Quay Ireland provides a number of essential primary healthcare services, including mental health care, GP and nursing services. At MQI, our clients have access to:
- Dental team
- Mental health team
Our healthcare facilities are based in our Riverbank Open Access Centre, located at 13-14 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8.
Nursing and GP Services
GP: Tuesday – Friday: 9.00am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Nurse: Monday – Friday: 8.45am – 4.30pm
Dentist (by appointment only)
Tuesday & Wednesday 9.00am – 4.30pm. Call 01 524 0968 for appointment.
Compassion in the face of tremendous demand is an essential ingredient to healing at Merchants Quay Ireland.
The Mental Health Team
Our Mental Health Service operates on a referral basis, during the following times:
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Having the mental health team means that clients no longer have to wait for hours in A&E and can get their issues addressed before they turn into full-blown crises.
The healthcare needs of those who are homeless can be complex, and MQI has responded to this by expanding our services to meet the growing need for a fully multi-disciplinary approach. We offer a counselling service for homeless people, which works on two levels:
- We offer a brief crisis counselling service that is targeted at those in distress.
- We offer medium – long term counselling, relating to a range of issues such as relationships, bereavement, and drug use.
Our counselling service operates during the following time, by appointment;
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8.00am – 3.30pm