Deer Lodge gets clean bill of health

Deer Lodge was found to be 100 per cent compliant in all areas

A MENTAL health facility in Killarney was found to be 100 per cent compliant in all areas following a three-day inspection of the premises by officials from the Mental Health Commission.

The annual assessment at Deer Lodge, on St Margaret’s Road, took place during the Covid-19 pandemic last October but the official report was not published until this week.

The 40-bed purpose-built unit, which first opened in 2017, was found to be 77 per cent compliant in its first year, 76 per cent in 2018, 82 per cent in 2019 and 100 per cent last October.

The dining room at Deer Lodge

The three-person inspection team found the facility to be fully compliant in terms of safety, appropriate care and treatment of residents, therapeutic services and programmes responsiveness, respect for residents’ privacy, dignity and autonomy.

It also got top marks for the provision of wholesome and nutritious food, recreation and the safeguarding of residents’ personal property and possessions.

DeerLodge caters for long stay mental health care, psychiatry of later life, mental health rehabilitation and care for people with intellectual disabilities.

It is divided into four houses within the one building and they are all connected by a central thoroughfare.