Monday 16 September 2019

Psychiatric patients 'had to store their clothes on the floor'


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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Psychiatric patients who were forced to sleep in an overcrowded hospital ward had nowhere to put their clothes except on the floor under their bed, mental health inspectors revealed.

The inspection of the Sliabh Mis unit in University Hospital Kerry found five beds had to be crammed into four-bed wards and on one night a patient had to sleep on two chairs due to overcrowding.

Patients had to eat their meals by their bedside in cramped conditions with no table, the report from the watchdog, the Mental Health Commission, showed.

Fire safety training had only been completed by 41pc of staff because there was not enough cover to release workers to attend training days.

The adult unit had been forced to admit 22 children following the previous inspection.

A separate inspection report on the Ashlin Centre, a purpose-built facility in the grounds of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, revealed there were breaches of human rights due to the lack of privacy.

The seclusion facilities were dirty and cluttered; observation panels were covered with A4 paper, and there was a bad odour from the visitors' female toilet, one patients' toilet, the therapy kitchen and the seclusion room.

A third inspection report, on Avonmore and Glencree units in Newcastle Hospital in Greystones in Wicklow, showed two breaches of human rights.

Irish Independent

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