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Mental health crisis as NI psychiatric units struggle with occupancy levels amidst ‘ongoing bed pressures’

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Craigavon Area Hospital, whose Bluestone Unit was found at the turn of the year to be using Portland chairs — chairs that can be reclined into a bed - “to increase bed capacity”.

Craigavon Area Hospital, whose Bluestone Unit was found at the turn of the year to be using Portland chairs — chairs that can be reclined into a bed - “to increase bed capacity”.

Craigavon Area Hospital, whose Bluestone Unit was found at the turn of the year to be using Portland chairs — chairs that can be reclined into a bed - “to increase bed capacity”.

People experiencing a mental health crisis are being nursed in chairs due to a lack of hospital beds.

One of Northern Ireland’s psychiatric inpatient units is being forced to nurse patients in reclining chairs while staff are using paper to cover windows for their dignity.


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