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Psychiatric hospital closed after damning report

A psychiatric intensive care hospital in Norfolk which provided child and adolescent mental health services has been closed down following a damning assessment by inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission said it found patients at Huntercombe Hospital in Buxton near Norwich, had access to dangerous items which they could harm themselves with.

Huntercombe Hospital near Norwich

The Huntercombe Hospital's based close to the village of Buxton near Norwich.

Inspectors spent eight days towards the end of last year at the site which provided care to children aged from five to 18 with a range of mental health problems.

They concluded young people were not treated with dignity and respect. In their report they said:

Young people had access to dangerous items which they could harm themselves with. Although staff reacted to incidents on the wards, they did not take action to prevent incidents occurring or escalating.

– CQC Inspectors
Huntercombe Hospital near Norwich

In light of their visit the CQC inspectors immediately started action to remove the hospital's registration. In a statement the Huntercombe Group says has since decided to close the hospital

"The Huntercombe Group takes very seriously our responsibilities as a care provider and in consideration of these factors we entered into discussions with NHS England and the CQC about closing the service."

– Huntercombe Group

Alternative care has been arranged for all the patients who were being treated at Huntercombe.