Katie Grant Katie Grant 21:51 Thursday February 16th 2017 Investigators who exposed “institutional abuse” at a North Wales hospital want to talk to elderly people with mental health issues, and their families, about their experiences.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board was placed in special measures following the publication in 2013 of a report on the Tawel Fan ward at Denbighshire’s Glan Clwyd Hospital.
The independent report on the mental health ward included testimony from patients’ families, who said their loved ones were treated like “animals”. “It was like when you go in a zoo and see animals that have been… there for a long time,” said one family member. “And all they’ve got to do is walk around and around.”
Another witness who gave evidence reported that an elderly relative on the Tawel Fan ward was “very frightened”, fearing they were “in an asylum” and could be subjected to electric shock treatment.
One family spoke of “the complete lack of care shown towards patients by Tawel Fan staff”.
They noted “a build-up of frustration among the patients at the lack of activity and that frustrations increased as they all continually walked around and around the ward”.