Mental Health Commission

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has expressed her concern that serious regulatory breaches and poor hygienic conditions were found at the adult mental health unit in Mayo University Hospital following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission.

    Deputy Lisa Chambers says she was alarmed to read the report which identified risks to patients at the hospital. She said it is of concern that there were not enough therapeutic programmes in place and staff shortages were limiting occupational therapy, psychology and social work services.

    A report published yesterday shows the acute adult mental health centre was compliant with 61% of regulations, rules and codes of practice - down from 74% compliance in 2017.

    Of the 14 areas of non-compliance, 4 were deemed critical - including staffing and individual care plans for residents.

    The report says the premises was not clean, and rooms were not well-ventilated, while the walls had chipped paint with cigarette burns in the carpets.

    Numerous ligature risks were identified, and not all staff were trained in fire safety, basic life support, and management of aggression or violence.

    The standard of individual care plans for residents was very poor, according to inspectors.

    22 areas of inspection were compliant, according to the report, with ten of these areas rated excellent.

    Deputy Chambers told Midwest News that she is concerned about the findings and will be raising the matter with the Minister for Health.

  • The Mental Health Commission has reported a number of improvements at Teach Aisling in Castlebar, following its latest inspection.

    Teach Aisling is a 10-bed approved HSE centre in Castlebar which provides long-stay care for residents with mental illness and for mental health rehabilitation and recovery.

    An earlier inspection last March raised serious concerns - particularly in relation to the availability of drinking water for residents, as well as recreational activity, therapeutic services and programmes for residents, restrictive practices and staffing.

    A focused inspection was carried out on the 9th August, with significant improvements reported.

    The inspection found Teach Aisling was compliant in five areas examined, and non-compliant in one area, which related to the premises itself.  

     

  • A number of regulatory breaches have been identified at an adult mental health unit in Co Mayo.

    The 32-bed facility at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, was found to have four critical risk ratings, following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission (MHC).

    The inspection was carried out between the 11 and 14th September last.

    A report published today shows the acute adult mental health centre was compliant with 61% of regulations, rules and codes of practice - down from 74% compliance in 2017.

    Of the 14 areas of non-compliance, 4 were deemed critical  - including staffing and individual care plans for residents.

    The report says the premises was not clean, and rooms were not well-ventilated, while the walls had chipped paint with cigarette burns in the carpets.

    Numerous ligature risks were identified, and not all staff were trained in fire safety, basic life support, and management of aggression or violence.

    The standard of individual care plans for residents was very poor, according to inspectors.

    22 areas of inspection were compliant, according to the report, with ten of these areas rated excellent.

  • Compliance rates for in-patient mental health units across Mayo are varied, according to the 2018 Annual Report of the Mental Health Commission.

    The Commission inspects in-patient mental health facilities that are registered with them at least once a year, and prepares a report on the findings of the inspection.

    In Mayo, An Coillin in Castlebar was the highest rated adult centre in the county with an 86% approval rating - down slightly on the 89% rating it achieved last year.

    The Adult Mental Health Unit in Mayo University Hospital was only 73% compliant - which was a drop of ten percent of the 2017 inspection.

    Teach Aisling Unit, also in Castlebar, was just behind with 72 percent compliance with regulations. This, however, was a 13 percent improvement on 2017.

    The lowest rated unit in Mayo was St. Anne’s unit in the Sacred Heart Hospital which scored 68 percent - significantly down from the 86 percent compliance rating it achieved in 2017.

    All in-patient facilities in Ireland that provide care and treatment to people suffering from mental illness or disorder must be registered by the Commission.

    Overall compliance rose from 76% in 2017 to 79 % last year.