Eating disorders care praised by inspectors

Inspection report highlights positive attitude of staff and extensive activities at Stobhill Hospital ward

Monday 26th August 2019

A ward which treats patients with eating disorders has been praised by a mental health watchdog.

Staff at the Armadale Ward at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, were praised by patients as being professional and approachable with a positive attitude and a good knowledge of individual’s care.

Inspectors from the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC), which visited the site at the end of May, found additional nursing staff were in place to meet the “unique needs” of patients requiring extra supervision, particularly at meal times.

The report also noted: “Where a patient cannot participate with a group activity we saw individual therapeutic activities to meet their particular areas of interest or need.

“Most patients we spoke to were positive about the ward-based activities including access to the gym, physiotherapy, occupational therapy.

“Input from the therapeutic activity nurses provide an extensive variety of activities and are highly praised by patients and the clinical team.

“Activities are provided throughout the day and evenings including weekends.”

The report also highlighted that concerns about a lack of access to and privacy in the garden area raised by the MWC on a previous visit had been addressed.

The mixed-sex ward has 20 adult acute beds in total, with four reserved for the inpatient eating disorder service.

Isobel Paterson, head of adult services for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (North East), said: “We welcome such a positive report from the Mental Welfare Commission that recognises the work of all staff who deliver services within Armadale Ward to provide recovery focussed care to patients who require to use our services.”