A HOSPITAL ward in Glasgow that supports people battling eating disorders has been highly praised by mental health inspectors.

Patients reported that staff at the Armadale Ward at Stobhill Hospital were “professional and approachable.” Nurses had been given dedicated training to support adults suffering from anorexia or bulimia.

The unit was praised for the range of therapeutic activities patients have access and staff were said to be knowledgeable about the men and women under their care. Risk assessments were detailed, regularly reviewed and updated.

The 20-bedded mixed-sex ward, based at MacKinnon House, provides in-patient care for adults with mental health problems including adults with eating disorders.

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The hospital had taken on extra staff to care for patients who require close observation.

Cares and relatives are given a discharge information letter with information about community support plan as well as crisis contact telephone numbers, which had been “well received” by families.

Patients have access to a range of activities including the gym, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Inspectors said: “Most patients we spoke to were positive about the ward-based activities including access to the gym, physiotherapy, occupational therapy.

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“Input from the therapeutic activity nurses provide an extensive variety of activities and are highly praised by patients and the clinical team.

“Activities are provided throughout the day and evenings including weekends.”

The inspection was carried out by the Mental Welfare Commission in May.

Isobel Paterson, Head of Adult Services for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (North East) said: “We welcome such a positive report from the Mental Welfare Commission that recognises the work of all staff who deliver services within Armadale Ward.”