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MHC report highlights concerns at Roscommon mental health unit premises

May 11, 2021 13:05 By Shannonside News
MHC report highlights concerns at Roscommon mental health unit premises MHC report highlights concerns at Roscommon mental health unit premises
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Overall compliance increased to 94%

The Department of Psychiatry at Roscommon University Hospital has seen its compliance rating increase to 94 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 found in two areas.

The 2020 annual report for the service based at Roscommon University Hospital saw compliance ratings jump 6% compared to the previous year's figure to 94%.

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However, some key issues were identified in two areas during the course of the inspection.

The premises itself accounted for the majority of these concerns with inspectors highlighting that ligature points in rooms had not been as extensively minimised as possible, while bedrooms were found not to be appropriately sized for resident needs.

Issues were also raised about the general repair of the facility, with the seclusion room the focus of several issues such as burns on the floor, the lack of a suitable mattress and inoperable window blinds.

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Individual care plans provided by the service were also highlighted as needing attention as not all plans were developed with the participation of the residents involved and some did not identify the resources required to provide the care and treatment identified.

The service has undertaken a programme of corrective actions in order to address the issues raised by inspectors.

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