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'Appalling' hospital is slammed by report.



Byline: GRACE McLEAN

PATIENTS in one of Scotland's largest mental hospitals are living in "appalling" conditions.

Health watchdogs have described the hospital as "barren bar·ren
adj.
1. Not producing offspring.

2. Incapable of producing offspring.



barren

see infertility.

barren adjective Gynecology Infertile, sterile, fruitless, inconceivable
, dismal and unacceptable".

The Scottish Health Advisory Council have called for Gartnavel Royal in Glasgow, to be closed or upgraded immediately.

Dr Fiona Lang, who headed the SHAC SHAC Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty
SHAC Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
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 team, said patients' health was being put at risk by damp wards.

And she said patients were being locked in wards and living in a "barren and dismal" environment.

The report said: "We recommend that the trust relocate this unit as a matter of urgency or that it identifies the necessary resources to allow for the unit's immediate upgrade."

The blistering blis·ter·ing
n.
See vesiculation.
 attack was made in the Review of Adult Mental Health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  in Glasgow and blames underfunding for the problems.

But staff at Gartnavel were praised as being "highly motivated and impressive".

The report continued: "Despite the best efforts of staff, it is unacceptable that patients are cared for in such a dismal and unsatisfactory environment."

A spokeswoman for Greater Glasgow
This article refers to the metropolitan settlement. For the NHS Health Board see NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Greater Glasgow is the conurbation that includes and surrounds the city of Glasgow in the west of Scotland.
 Primary Care Trust admitted work needed to be done.

She said: "We readily acknowledge that some of our in-patient in·pa·tient or in-pa·tient  
n.
A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that requires at least one overnight stay.
 accommodation needs to be improved.

"The report made a number of specific recommendations and we are already working to achieve them."
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Date:May 30, 2001
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