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Mental Welfare Commission praises national unit at Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The National Child Inpatient Unit caring for 5-12 year olds at the Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children has been praised following a visit by Mental Welfare Commission inspectors. 

Commission inspectors spoke with patients and their relatives or carers who all praised staff for their caring attitude, commitment to collaboration and inclusion, and the high standards of communications regarding the young people’s care. 

The visitors were particularly impressed by the high standards of record keeping and the care plans which are person centred and comprehensive. 

Following a previous visit in October 2016, the commission had recommended a review of the unit’s doors to be carried out. As a result, it was acknowledged that an improved magnetic system has been introduced which is more appropriate for the unit’s patients. 

Recreation facilities for the patients was also praised with the range of rooms commended and recognition of the TV room, sensory room, soft play area and outdoor play areas. 

The glowing report has been hailed by our head of Specialist Children’s Services, Stephen McLeod. 

He said: “We welcome this report and the positive comments made by the inspectors. 

“I am pleased it highlights the high quality, comprehensive care plans which have a clear child-centred and family-orientated focus. 

“I’m particularly encouraged to see special mention made of the standard of record keeping which is highlighted as being exemplary and a significant achievement for staff. 

“The inspectors also drew attention to their discussions with patients and family members who commended staff for their caring attitude, good communication and dedication to including families in their child’s care. 

“It’s particularly positive that the inspectors acknowledged family members confirmed their views were listened to by clinical staff and taken into account when decisions are made about their child’s care. 

“This reflects our work in developing a number of systems designed to actively promote participation of children, their family or carers in their treatment.”

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