SHOCKING – 14 year old Waterford child housed in an Adult psychiatric unit. Imagine if your child needed specialist care and had to be admitted to an Adult psychiatric unit.

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FOUR TEENAGERS, INCLUDING a 14-year-old, were placed in an adult psychiatric unit in Waterford over the past few days despite this being against recommended practice. A spokesperson from the HSE South told RTE’s Morning Ireland.

There is no dedicated unit anywhere in the southeast for teenagers suffering from severe psychiatric problems and the Psychiatric Nurses Association said that at least two children a week had been placed in the psychiatric unit at Waterford Regional Hospital in recent weeks.

RTE News reported that due to staff shortages in the psychiatric unit in Waterford at one point there was one nurse caring for 30 patients. A hospital security guard was appointed to look after the 14-year-old child in the unit at the time.