Health Care

Butner hospital fails inspection

The state’s mental hospital in Butner does not adequately follow patient safety procedures, according to inspectors.

Central Regional Hospital failed an inspection this week of its policy for preventing patient falls.

Investigators were at Central Regional on Wednesday and Thursday, following up on two inspections from late last year.

The hospital was required to develop a plan for preventing falls after a patient broke his legs.

Inspectors approved the hospital’s policy, but found that it was not being followed throughout the hospital, said Mark Van Sciver, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Human Services.

A written record of the investigative findings was not available.

The hospital will submit a plan for improving compliance with its safety rule. Inspectors will make another unannounced visit.

Inspectors were also at Broughton Hospital in Morganton this week, investigating five anonymous complaints, according to DHHS. Those complaints were not substantiated, the agency said.