Massachusetts psychiatric hospital allowed to reopen admissions
WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts psychiatric hospital cited for lapses in care will start accepting new patients again under increased oversight, but a shuttered unit for children will remain closed.
State officials tell the Boston Globe that Westwood Lodge can begin accepting new adult patients after working with an external monitor to improve care. The hospital currently has two patients and will be allowed to gradually increase that number.
Admissions to the hospital's unit for children were stopped April 26 after the discovery of several problems, including a 9-year-old boy being given the wrong medicine for nine days. Admissions to the rest of the hospital were closed May 12.
The children's unit will not reopen and adolescent patients are not currently being accepted.
The monitor will remain in place for six months.