2022-11-24 14:51:07

Muckamore Inquiry: Woman recalls brother's neglect at hospital

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The sister of a Muckamore Abbey Hospital patient has told a public inquiry she believes he was neglected during his stay at the facility.

The woman said her brother John suffered from awful personal hygiene and lost weight while living in County Antrim hospital between 2004 and 2005.

She is among witnesses who are giving evidence to the inquiry into alleged widespread abuse of Muckamore patients.

Full names have been withheld in order to protect patients' privacy.

Muckamore Abbey Hospital provides inpatient facilities for adults with mental health needs and severe learning difficulties.

Wednesday's hearing was told that John, who is now in his late 30s, began to exhibit challenging behaviour when he was 14 years old.

By the time he reached 18 or 19, there was a significant change in his behaviour and he attacked his mother in her bed.

He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2004 and was brought to Muckamore.

Locked ward

Initially, John's parents and family were not allowed to visit him and were told this was in order to allow him to get settled in at the hospital, the inquiry heard.

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