Action Must be Taken at Tippethill House to Bring it up to Standard

News Release from Miles Briggs MSP:

Action Must be Taken at Tippethill House to Bring it up to Standard

Only one and a half hours of consultant psychiatrist time is available every two weeks to review up to 30 patients.

No pharmacy input for patients.

Little evidence to show how much activity patients involved in.

Nursing staff instructed by Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) to remove personal belonging such as photos, cards and other comfort items that relatives had brought in.

Report says too many bed number in a specialist ward and not enough nurses.

Miles Briggs comments:

“This report by the Mental Welfare Commission has made five key recommendations to bring Tippethill House up to the standard that is expected.

“There are serious concerns about the level of care that is currently being provided and it is essential that these concerns are addressed.

“I don’t understand why nursing staff have been instructed to remove personal items and I agree with the report that personal items should be allowed in bedrooms as appropriate.

“The overcrowding of beds and understaffing of nurses is a reflection of the care crisis in Lothian at the moment, but actions must be taken to ensure the correct balance of beds and nurses in this complex care ward.”


Miles Briggs