The BBC has spoken to 24 people who have stayed in the Carseview Centre in Dundee over the last five years and their experiences have revealed that excessive face-down restraint has repeatedly been used and that illegal drugs were “rife” in the mental health unit.
The centre is the largest mental health unit in Tayside, treating hundreds of people every year. It has already come under scrutiny from families of suicide victims and an independent inquiry into the mental health services is in progress.
A Fatal Accident Inquiry was published last week into the death of Dale Thomson and it reported that there were “serious systemic failures in the care” he received at Carseview.
Tonight (Monday 9 Jul) at 20.30 BBC One will show a BBC Scotland documentary, Breaking Point, in which reporter Fiona Walker talks to patients about their stays at Carseview. The investigation lifts the lid on the treatment of patients and the state of a mental health unit that is described as being at “breaking point”.
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