Mental health wards condemned5th October 2006
A survey carried out by the mental health charity Mind found that many patients were unhappy with their wards.
The charity said that more than half (56%) of recent mental health inpatients rated their ward as unpleasant or very unpleasant, 29% were dissatisfied with the state of repair of their ward, and 28% with standards of cleanliness.
Mind warned that a lack of activities leads to boredom, causing frustration and slow recovery; it said that all patients should be treated in a therapeutic environment. The charity said that good ward design could play a key role in providing a calm environment, as could access to gardens and other green spaces; access to gardens was being used in some wards as a reward for good behaviour.
Mind says users should be involved in the design of new hospitals, that all wards should be clean and that patients should have access to green spaces and single sex sleeping accommodation.
The Department of Health said that they have significantly increased capital investment in mental health services, with an additional £190m having been made available to improve patient accommodation.
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Title: Mental health wards condemned
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 856
Date Added: 5th Oct 2006