28 June 2018
Four new reports published today by the
Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with
learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed
discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital.
The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good,
and patients generally had positive relationships with staff, but
half of the 54 patients across the four wards no longer needed
hospital treatment, and their discharge was delayed.
The reports are for:
Arrol Park, Houses 4, 5
and 6, Ayrshire and Arran (announced)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (announced)
Claythorn House, Greater Glasgow and Clyde (announced)
Carseview Centre, The
Learning Disability Assessment Unit, Tayside
Alison Thomson, Executive Director (Nursing), Mental Welfare
"Two years ago we published a national report on people with learning
disabilities in hospital. At that time, we found that a third of
patients in learning disability units had been identified as ready
to leave hospital, but were awaiting a suitable move.
"We called the situation unacceptable, and made specific
recommendations to address this issue, so it is particularly
disappointing to find continued high levels of delayed discharge in
the four units we visited this year.
"A hospital is not a home, and is not a suitable place for long
term living for people who do not need that level of care and
treatment. Delayed discharge also prevents hospital admission for
other people in the community who have been assessed as needing a
period of inpatient care and treatment."
The Commission is urging integrated joint boards to develop
clear plans to end delayed discharges for this group of patients as
a matter of urgency.
Notes to Editors
1.There are 18 hospital units for people with learning
disability in Scotland, excluding forensic units, with around 200
beds in total (from the Commission's 2016 report).
2.The Mental Welfare Commission visits over 100 wards and units
a year for people with mental ill health, learning disability and
dementia. On the visits, the Commission talks to staff, patients
and family members/carers, checking that patients are receiving
appropriate care and treatment in a suitable environment.
A report is published after each visit, with recommendations for
change where the Commission believes this is necessary.
See all published reports here:
Local visit reports by
0131 313 8777