'Appalling' Adelaide mental health unit closed

December 28, 2017

The mental health ward at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, has been closed after being called "appalling and unsafe," according to an article on the InDaily website.

SA Health ordered the Mental Health Short Stay Unit at Lyell McEwin to stop accepting mental health patient admissions after a doctors’ union safety inspection report revealed several safety and industrial concerns about the facility.

The report said the facility was unsafe for staff and patients — and that SA Health had been repeatedly warned of problems with the facility.

The unit contained a number of “extremely obvious ligature points” — features of the room that can facilitate strangulation — and several patients had attempted to take their own lives there, according to the report.

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