HSE to address noise complaints at new €20m psychiatric unit

The new UHG Adult Acute Mental Health Unit

Galway City Tribune – The HSE has confirmed it is trying to fix structural problems at the new inpatient psychiatric unit at University Hospital Galway, which opened last Summer at a cost of €20 million.

The health authority acknowledged it is working to address lighting and noise issues at the new unit, after a series of complaints from patients.

The Galway City Tribune reported the issues last month, after speaking to patients of the unit, as well as mental health campaigners, who described it as ‘far worse’ for recovery from mental health problems than the dilapidated building it replaced.

Lack of sleep due to the noisiness of the new inpatient facility, and a reduction in human contact with staff since it opened were chief among the concerns.
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