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Whorlton Hall

  • Whorlton Village, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8XQ

Type of service
Mental health, learning disability or substance misuse hospital service

Specialisms/services
Accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care, Assessment or medical treatment for persons detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, Diagnostic and/or screening services, Learning disabilities, Mental health conditions, Treatment of disease, disorder or injury, Caring for adults under 65 yrs, Caring for people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act

Local Authority Area
Durham

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People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

Our latest report on this standard published on 11 October 2012

We inspected on 18 and 20 September 2012 during a routine inspection

We checked that people who use this service:

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 18 September 2012 and 20 September 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People who use the service, staff and visitors were protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises.

Reasons for our judgement

The provider has taken steps to provide care in an environment that is adequately maintained.

Whorlton Hall was a large building located in its own grounds. During our visit we looked around the building and found it to be clean and well maintained. There were lots of areas where people who used the service could choose to spend their time. For example, there were a number of lounges as well as rooms where people could be supported with activities and independent living skills like cooking. We looked at some of the bedrooms. We saw people had brought personal possessions with them to make these areas homely and comfortable during their stay.

One bedroom had been converted to a gym area for people to use. We saw there were plenty of bathrooms and toilets which people could use.

We saw there was access to outdoor space which consisted of a large spacious lawn which people could independently use. All of these measures meant people benefited form a clean, comfortable and safe environment.

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