Inspectors have criticised standards at York’s Retreat home which specialises in the care of people with mental health issues. The report may place further pressure on York’s mental health services following the sudden closure of the Bootham Park hospital 2 years ago,
The Retreat report – prepared by the Care Quality Commission – cites concerns about;
- Medicine management
- Poor staff development
- Unnecessarily long stays for older people
- Inadequate staffing levels
- Incomplete risk assessments s
- Poor dining arrangements.
The report does say that all areas were clean and tidy, that staff had good support from managers, patients and carers were involved, staff had a good knowledge of legislation and that proper safeguarding processes were mostly in place.
The Retreat York was established in 1796 and is an independent specialist mental health care provider for treatment of up to 98 people with complex mental health needs. The service is located on a forty-acre site on the outskirts of York City centre. The main building is Grade II listed with a range of their buildings situated in the grounds.
NB The Retreat at Strensall was rated as “good” by the CQC in a similar inspection
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The NHS have withdrawn a suggestion that a replacement hospital for Bootham Park should be built on the former Lowfields school site.
The proposal brought a strong reaction from local residents who pointed out that access to Lowfields was only available through a tightly populated residential area. Increased traffic – potentially 24/7 – would have had an adverse effect on the local environment.
In a poll conducted by local LibDem Councillors in July, 57% rejected the idea. Many pointed out that City centre sites offered much better transport links for both staff and patients. Residents favoured the provision of accommodation aimed at older people on the footprint of the former secondary school.
Now we understand that the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust are focusing their hospital search on three locations. They are the existing Bootham Park Hospital site, a site near Clifton Park Hospital off Shipton Road, and the former Vickers and Bio-Rad factory site in Haxby Road.
The Councils formal consultation on the future of the Lowfields school site is due to commence in October.
It is likely that there will be an exhibition of proposals at the Acomb Library. before a decision is taken by the Council’s Executive on 8th December.
Many residents also took the opportunity to object to the Council’s plans to build on the Lowfields sports fields when responding to the recent consultation on the Local Plan.
They pointed out that building on football pitches was contrary to national policies and would leave minimal amounts of green space in the nearby estates.