Rumbles welcomes mental health check-up for Royal Cornhill Hospital

Five wards at Royal Cornhill Hospital were found needing improvement after a visit by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, say reports released today.

The two reports covering the wards contained recommendations for significant improvement highlighting both positive and negative findings. The Commission expects a response to its recommendations within three months.


The visit to IPCU at Aberdeen was unannounced. However, the visits to the Forensic Acute & Rehabilitation Unit, Davan, Muick and Skene wards were all announced.


Commenting Mike Rumbles said: “I welcome these reports recommending change. We must achieve parity for the treatment of mental health with that of physical health.


“The Scottish Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a transformation in mental health support so that people can get the treatment they need including access to mental health professionals from all GP surgeries. But so far the Scottish Government have refused to listen.


“These reports should be the beginning of a step change in Aberdeen hospitals for treatment for those with mental ill health.”

A Mental Welfare Commission spokesperson said: "We undertake over 100 local visits like these every year. By publishing our reports we hope to help share good practice where we find it, and call for change where services are lacking."


Notes to Editors

1)    The Commission publishes local visit reports once a month on its website.

2)    The reports are for:

Royal Cornhill Hospital, Blair Unit, unannounced visit to IPCU, & announced visit to Forensic Acute & Rehabilitation Unit, Aberdeen

Announced visit to Royal Cornhill Hospital, Davan, Muick & Skene Wards, Aberdeen



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