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.


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