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NO-ONE SAID A WORD TO PATIENT FOR TWO YEARS; Scandal of Scots hospital.

A patient in a crumbling hospital didn't speak to anyone for TWO YEARS.

Staff at Lennox Castle mental hospital couldn't talk to the Asian patient because none of them spoke Punjabi.

It's one of several damning findings in a report on the hospital near Glasgow.

An inspection team discovered:

Noisy, messy wards with little privacy.

Parts of the hospital stinking with the "overpowering smell of urine".

Patients locked up and left with little to do.

Confidential records left in unlocked cabinets.

Inspectors from the Scottish Health Advisory Service found most of the 514 Lennox Castle patients "have a poor quality of life".

They slammed staff for putting people at risk by speeding around the hospital grounds in cars and vans.

SHAS director Dr Sandra Grant said: "Residents had been seen jumping out of the path of hospital vehicles."

The report comes two years after the Daily Record exposed plans to shut the hospital by "auctioning off" patients to private care firms.

The scheme was dropped but the hospital's future will be reviewed next spring.

Tim Davison, chief executive of the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health NHS Trust, said the SHAS report praised some parts of Lennox Castle's management.

But he admitted: "There is room for improvement in some aspects of care and we are taking action."

He said the hospital had suffered from a lack of money.
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Author:Little, Tom
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 29, 1997
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