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Manannan Court report findings highlight need for 'robust' interpreter system

Fri, 13 Sep 2019

A report has been published today reviewing the Department of Health and Social Care’s mental health facility, Manannan Court.

The acute mental-health inpatient facility in Douglas has been reviewed after historical concerns were highlighted about services in the Harbour Suite.

Assessment was conducted by Independent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Consultant Dr Tommy Dickinson, who previously wrote a report for Grianagh Court in 2015.

Overall, the report says: ‘The observations and findings during the visit to Manannan Court’s Harbour Suite reveal that many aspects have improved since the move from Grianagh Court. The environment appears much more fit for purpose and the safety of patients is clearly seen as a priority.’

The report also identifies some areas where further work is needed, such as patients’ care plans on the ward need urgent improvement; staff have been on the same ward for many years and a need for internal rotation.

Other recommendations include the introduction of a ‘robust’ system for obtaining interpreters, ensuring that any interpreter is recognised as such and can guarantee confidentially, and that a clearly visible statement outlining a zero tolerance policy of drugs on the ward should be installed.

Minister for Health and Social Care David Ashford MHK says that Dr Dickinson's 17 recommendations have all been accepted:




  • David Ashford


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