St Luke’s psychatric unit comes up short in inspection

St Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny.
Inspectors visiting the psychiatric unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny last March found that two ligature points, which were previously used in two suicides, had still not been removed.

Inspectors visiting the psychiatric unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny last March found that two ligature points, which were previously used in two suicides, had still not been removed.

In a report issued last week by the Inspector of Mental Health Services, the 44-bed DOP was criticised for a lack of compliance with certain standard and regulations. Multidisciplinary teams were not adequately staffed with health and social care professionals, while the quality of the individual care plans had slipped and the approved centre was not fully compliant in this regard, according to the report.

It also said the unit was in need of redecorating as parts had become shabby, and the supply and quality of seating was particularly poor. The admission assessments done by the non consultant hospital doctors were not of a good standard, a number of key areas of assessment were missing and documentation was poor.

“This was the second year in a row where admission procedures and recording were not of a good standard,” found the report.

There were also some positives noted, including the DOP’s strong community focus, a well developed service user voice, and the ‘excellent resource room’. Management have also reported that the aforementioned fatal ligature points have since been removed.