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Commission publishes new local visit reports - 15 March 2023

Publication date: 15 Mar, 2023

The Mental Welfare Commission today publishes thirteen new reports on NHS hospital wards and other facilities in Scotland.

Every year the Mental Welfare Commission visits around 100 wards and units for people with mental ill health, learning disability, dementia or related conditions in Scotland, talking to patients, relatives and staff, and examining records. A report is published after each visit. The Commission expects a response to each of its recommendations within three months of the reports being published.

Today’s reports highlight positive findings, aspects of care and treatment where we think the service could do better and making recommendations for change where necessary.

Claire Lamza, executive director (nursing), Mental Welfare Commission, said:

“A number of this month’s reports highlight the issue of delayed discharge. This is a situation where a person no longer needs hospital care , but getting the right package of community care sometimes proves difficult. We heard from both staff and patients about the difficulties that staying in hospital longer than necessary can create. This is not a new issue, and solutions need to be found.

“Aside from this, what comes out from our visits is the clear message in these reports of how much staff are appreciated by patients and relatives. So many told us of the kindness and care they received from staff. These reports highlight how those working across NHS mental health wards and community hospitals are valued.”

The reports are for: