Sunday 21 January 2018

'Errors' found in treatment at mental unit

MENTALLY ill young people in a hospital psychiatric unit were kept in seclusion for too long and were subject to significant medication errors, according to an inspector of mental hospitals report.

The inspection of the Willows and Woodsend child and adolescent mental health unit in Merlin Park, Galway, found one 17-year-old was in seclusion for up to 27 hours and on another occasion for 11 hours.

There were nine occasions in all when children were put in seclusion over January and February this year.

The inspector said the length of time the child was in seclusion was "not therapeutic".

The inspector, who made an unannounced visit last February, also found a number of medication errors were made which were "significant in nature".

Irish Independent

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