HC Deb 11 October 1976 vol 917 cc72-3W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report a list of those hospitals in the Greater London and Home Counties areas at which compulsory in-patient treatment can be provided in secure wards for mental disorders where residential treatment is stipulated as part of any sentence imposed by a court of law.

Mr. Moyle

Secure accommodation in psychiatric hospitals is intended for patients who need to be treated in a secure environment and is not exclusively for patients compulsorily detained under a court order or compulsorily detained under other provisions of the Mental Health Act. Moreover, by no means all compulsorily detained patients require such facilities. In the North-East Thames Region there is secure accommodation at Friern, Runwell, Warley, Claybury and Severalls hospitals.

It is the policy of the North-West Thames Regional Health Authority that each mental illness hospital should admit patients from its catchment area who require secure accommodation. The hospitals concerned are St. Bernard's, Horton, Napsbury, Shenley, Fairfield and Hill End. Mentally handicapped patients requiring secure accommodation are accommodated at Leavesden and Harperbury hospitals.

In the South-East Thames Region, the following hospitals have secure accommodation: Cane Hill, Hellingly, Laughton Lodge, Bexley, Leybourne Grange, Darenth Park, Mabledon, Joyce Green, Stone House, Oakwood, St. Augustine's, St. Francis', St. Olave's and Tooting Bee.

In the South-West Thames Region, no accommodation is specifically designated as being secure, but patients are admitted from the courts to most psychiatric hospitals, and a degree of supervision and security is provided where necessary.