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Mental health hospital stops accepting patients after CQC concerns

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A mental health hospital in Sussex has stopped accepting new routine patients, following concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission during a recent inspection.

In October the CQC held an unannounced inspection of Langley Green Hospital, which is run by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust.

A report of the inspection team’s findings is due to be published next week.

Following the hospital’s last inspection in February, inspectors found it had failed to meet any of the standards it uses to judge performance.

At this earlier inspection, the CQC found that patients’ dignity was not always respected and their physical healthcare needs were not always met.

The team also found that not all staff had received current relevant training in the use of restraint or safeguarding.

The hospital will still admit patients through the psychiatric intensive care unit and its section 136 suite.

A joint statement from the trust and Coastal West Sussex, Crawley, and Horsham and Mid Sussex clinical commissioning groups said an independent review of care provided at the hospital was underway “to provide assurances about the quality of services”.

“Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust are talking to patients about the review and are in contact with families,” they added. “The CCGs and partners will continue to work closely with Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust to continue to make further improvements.

“The commissioners are keen to have all the beds and the hospital functioning normally as soon as we are assured that the care provided at the hospital is consistently high quality and safe,” the statement said.

It noted that Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust had a “robust action plan in place” to address concerns and continue improving the standard of care specifically around documentation, care planning, physical health needs and management of complaints.

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    Funny they said robust plan re this to :(

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