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St Andrew's Healthcare - Mens Service Requires improvement

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 13 December 2012
Date of Publication: 16 January 2013
Inspection Report published 16 January 2013 PDF


Inspection carried out on 13 December 2012

During a routine inspection

We visited Harlestone ward which is a low secure ward situated over two floors (Lower Harlestone and Upper Harlestone) and is part of St Andrew�s Healthcare Men�s Service.

We spoke with seven patients and they all expressed satisfaction with the care and treatment they received at the hospital. They told us that the staff treated them with respect. We found that each patient had a daily schedule of therapeutic activities. We saw that records were kept of when patients had engaged in scheduled activities and also when patients had declined to carry out their activity. Patients told us that they had access to escorted leave. One person said sometimes their escorted leave had been cancelled due to staff shortages. The staff confirmed that leave had been cancelled on some occasions, due to staff shortages, but was not a regular occurrence. During our visit we saw that six patients from Upper Harleston ward were out on escorted leave to Milton Keynes shopping centre to do some Christmas shopping.

Patients told us they had opportunities to use the on site gym, but were dissatisfied with the limited space within the secure courtyard facility. An example was given as there not being enough space to run and kick a football.