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West Lane Hospital patients 'at high risk of avoidable harm'

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A mental health unit for young people where two girls died in two months is not safe. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough inadequate and said patients were at high risk of "avoidable harm". It found staff did not store medicines safely, out-of-date medicines were still in use, and staff used non-approved restraint techniques.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust said it was taking "urgent action".

The inspection in June uncovered a catalogue of failings, including "substantial and frequent staff shortages" and employees not always "adequately assessing, monitoring or managing risks to patients".

The report said staff did not feel supported or valued, with morale low, and some told inspectors not all incidents were reported.

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Source: BBC News, 21 August 2019

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