Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Problems highlighted at mental health hospital

  • Comment
The Healthcare Commission has ordered a mental health hospital in East Yorkshire to make improvements after two reports highlighted several problem areas at the facility.

The watchdog has told Linden House, a 97-bed medium-and-low-secure hospital in Market Weighton, to make changes to the safety and quality of services after it carried out two inspections in September and December last year.

The Commission issued enforcement notices ordering improvements and warned that it would take "stronger action" if necessary.

Failings found by the September inspection were that Linden House had not met standards relating to the risk assessment of patients, seclusion of patients and handling of medicines.

Errors were also found in the way it kept confidential information, staffing levels, staff training and meeting the needs of patients with learning disabilities.

Linden House was inspected again in December to check progress, but it had failed to respond to all concerns, in particular the failure to investigate or review policies on the administration of drugs. As a result a third notice was issued.

Nigel Ellis, the Commission's head of investigations, said; "The situation that we found in September at Linden House was unacceptable and potentially put the safety of patients at risk."

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.