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Safety improvements at Milton Park hospital

18th September 2008

An independent mental health hospital that had been identified as having breached regulations has now made significant improvements to protect the safety of patients.

The Healthcare Commission said that Milton Park Independent Hospital in Bedfordshire had made the improvements following two unannounced visits in May following an incident in April in which a patient died while on unauthorised leave.

The hospital is run by Brookdale Healthcare Limited and specialises in assessment and treatment of adults with autistic spectrum disorders received further visit in June and August.

An independent consultant forensic psychiatrist was asked by the inspection team to review the care given to the patient involved. The results showed that the care was appropriate and adequate.

Head of Investigations at the Healthcare Commission, Nigel Ellis, said: "There has been a history of problems with the services at Milton Park Hospital and we have been working with them to get those problems sorted.

"Our recent inspections identified a number of issues at the hospital that could have compromised the safety of patients. I’m pleased that most of those have now been resolved.

"Staff at the hospital have been cooperative and helpful and this has contributed towards a positive outcome both for the hospital itself and for the patients. We will be monitoring the hospital closely and if we see standards slip back in any way, we won’t hesitate to take further action, including enforcement action if appropriate."

The Commission will continue to monitor the hospital to check that the improvements are sustained.

 

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