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Improvements needed at Young People’s Unit at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian and the Shadow Health Secretary, is urging NHS Lothian to ensure that improvements identified as being required at the Tipperlinn Young People’s Unit at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in a new report today from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are implemented without delay. The Mental Welfare Commission report states it wanted to follow up on previous recommendations after a visit last July and was also visiting the unit because staffing level concerns had been raised with relatives and patients.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ It is concerning that the Mental Welfare Commission has had representations from relatives and patients about staffing shortages at the Young People’s Unit and that staff themselves have said that they have been stretched due to having to provide cover at the Sick Kids’ Hospital. I welcome the fact that plans are in place to increase nursing staff within the unit and I hope this can take place as soon as possible and that NHS Lothian will continue to monitor very carefully staffing levels at the unit. This is crucially important.

“ The Mental Welfare Commission also expresses serious concern about a lack of improvement in nursing care plan documentation, something it raised last year, and calls for this to be addressed as a matter of urgency which must now happen, as well as making other important recommendations which include ensuring risk assessments are completed. I urge NHS Lothian to ensure all of these recommendations are implemented without delay.”

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* The Mental Welfare Commission’s report can be viewed here: http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/377447/edinburgh_yp_unit_25_may_2017.pdf

Miles Briggs