Saturday 23 June 2018

Leaking wall found by inspectors in hospital psychiatric unit

Letterkenny General Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)
Letterkenny General Hospital (Photo: Google Maps)

Eilish O’Regan

Patients in a hospital psychiatric unit had to endure a leaking wall and toilets without a flush handle, an inspection report has revealed.

The inspection of the psychiatric unit in Letterkenny General Hospital found the leak led to dampness and chipping paint.

The inspectors also discovered a child was inappropriately admitted to the adult unit.

The young patient was secure but there were no activities suitable to their age.

Ligature points were discovered despite high dependency patients being cared for in the unit, the Mental Health Commission report said.

Even though a cleaning schedule was in place there was a strong smell of urine from two toilets, the inspection carried out in  June showed.

A separate inspection of St Brigid’s ward in St Ita’s Hospital in Ardee Co Louth found two patients had to sleep in an area  off the main corridor which could be accessed by eight people.

It noted the kitchen was not clean which led to food safety risks.

Toilets in a bathroom shared by men and women were dirty.

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