Mental Health Commission report highly critical of Kerry hospital

A Mental Health Commission report is highly critical of a Kerry hospital.

The report is critical of the Riask Ward and the lack of an on-going maintenance programme within the Sliabh Mis unit at University Hospital Kerry.

Several areas were highlighted as non-compliant in the report including general health and a lack of privacy.

The 2018 report was compiled over a 3-day period from February 13th to 16th.

Areas of concern at the unit include medication management, risk management procedures, maintenance of records, the use of seclusion, admission of children and staff training.

The report also mentions the 4-bed high observation unit Brandon Suite which was completed four years ago and is still not open.

However, since the report was compiled, extensive renovation works have commenced in the Sliabh Mis admission unit.

It is expected that renovations to Riask Ward will be completed by Christmas 2018, with all renovations within the unit completed by Easter 2019.

These renovations will allow for the opening of Brandon Suite, which is expected to open by early 2019.

Additionally, the HSE is currently recruiting an additional 12 nursing posts for the observation unit.