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Psychiatric hospital closed for putting patients at ‘serious risk’

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Despite a recent £2million investment in a psychiatric hospital in York, the hospital has been closed because patients were found to be at ‘serious risk’. The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) carried out a critical inspection at the Bootham Park psychiatric hospital in 2014, which ordered that serious improvements were made. Despite a £2m spend on improvements, a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection earlier this month made some worrying findings and ordered the hospital to be closed and clinical services moved.

Improve water hygiene

Following the 2014 inspection a number of improvements were made to the accommodation at the Cherry Tree House facility in Heworth and the Grade-I listed building at Bootham Park. A lot of work was carried out to convert a ward to improve outpatient services, improve the water hygiene system, replace heating ducts and remove ligature points. Janet Probert from the CQC said that there were still far too many problems for the hospital to be safe for patients. She said that the closure has affected around 300 members of staff. All of the patients have been either discharged or transferred.

Chris Butler, chief executive of the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust which runs Bootham Park, said: “The CCG are on record as saying they want to develop a new mental health facility in this city. It now needs to get a move on with those plans.

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