Friday 15 December 2017

Report: Mental health patients' 'dignity was breached'

St Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny.
St Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny.

Mental health inspectors found that two patients in a psychiatric facility were forced to wear a heavily-reinforced dress-shaped garment overnight, even though they were not in seclusion.

The patients, who were residents in the psychiatric unit of St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny last March, had their dignity breached, the report of the Mental Health Commission revealed.

"The use of refractory clothing is uncommon and rarely used, and only when a patient is in seclusion. This was not conducive to respect for the residents and was a breach of their dignity. Both incidents occurred at night," said the inspectors.

The practice has since stopped and inspectors will return to St Luke's Hospital.

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