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Areas of concern highlighted at Roscommon mental health service

Jan 25, 2022 16:01 By Shannonside News
Areas of concern highlighted at Roscommon mental health service Areas of concern highlighted at Roscommon mental health service
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The report also highlighted the department's good work in areas such as general health, care planning and therapeutic services.

The Department of Psychiatry at Roscommon University Hospital has seen its compliance rating decreased to 88 per cent following a recent inspection by a national mental health watchdog.

According to the annual report of the facility compiled by the Mental Health Commission, while the majority of the centre's operations were found to be compliant, issues were raised in five areas.

The 2021 annual report for the service based at Roscommon University Hospital saw compliance ratings fall by 6% compared to the previous year.

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A number of improvements were identified in five areas during the course of the inspection of the 22-bed acute mental health unit.

The premises itself accounted for the majority of these concerns with inspectors highlighting that single bedroom doors were not fitted with blinds or opaque glass which risked compromising patient privacy.

It also found that residents in the centre did not have access to adequate personal space; two of the four-bed dorms were very small with only one metre between each of the beds.

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Issues were also raised about the consideration of ligature points with the report stating that the facility had not been maintained with due regard to the safety of residents.

However, this year's report highlighted that the Roscommon department was compliant in areas such as general health, individual care planning as well as providing therapeutic services and programmes.

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