Violence after patient smuggles drugs into mental hospital – .

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Violence after patient smuggles drugs into mental hospital – .


A patient in a secure psychiatric hospital allegedly smuggled drugs into his ward and shared them with others, resulting in “incidents” including assault.
The man, who was staying at the low-security Rathbone Hospital in Mill Lane, Old Swan, is said to have “secreted the drugs on his person” after being allowed to leave the unit temporarily.

Officials at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Rathbone, said the problems led to an increase in incidents in May this year.

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A security report to the board of directors of the trust, referring to the incident, said that the user of the service “bringing illicit substances into the unit for himself and his peers” resulted in subsequent incidents. , especially a patient assaulted by a patient.

The report states: “The last two incidents of illicit substances brought into the unit have involved the same service user and the distribution of drugs to others, and the placement of the service user in the unit is underway. review.

“Patients know they will be searched when they return to the ward and secrete the items in their person.

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“Due to the setup of the ward, it is difficult to monitor all patient activities and it was recommended to consider the use of CCTV in the unit. “

It was not clear what type of drug was brought into the room and whether any injuries were caused during the assault.

The Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust said an ‘internal learning review’ was underway after the incident.

A spokesperson told ECHO: “Our clinical teams are focusing on patients from insecure services who access the local community as part of their rehabilitation programs, including staged processes before they go. be prepared to be granted unescorted leave.

“Safety measures are in place to prevent patients from coming back with illicit substances and incidents of substance abuse remain extremely low.

“When drugs are found, nurses follow clinical advice to assess patients’ mental and physical health and access additional support services if needed.

“Mersey Care remains committed to providing the highest standards of care to ensure the safety of our patients, service users and caregivers and to provide an environment that supports their individual rehabilitation programs.

“We are prevented from discussing individual patients due to the rules governing patient confidentiality. “

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