A man has been evicted from a hospital bed after "unnecessarily" refusing to leave for more than two years.
The patient arrived at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, by court order in August 2014 and remained there until this year despite being deemed "fit for discharge", BBC News reports.
The hospital said it launched legal action against the man, who has not been named due to patient confidentiality, as a last resort.
A court of possession granted the order on December 1 and he was removed on January 10 and placed in accommodation in the community.
The gentleman had been occupying a bed unnecessarily at the James Paget University Hospital for more than two years – and every effort had been made to try to remedy this situation.
He repeatedly refused all offers of appropriate accommodation organised by our local authority and social care partners, despite being fit for discharge.
As a last resort, the Trust had to apply to the court to allow us to remove the gentleman from the hospital.
The decision to go to court was not taken lightly but our priority has to be considering the needs of all our patients and ensuring that our limited resources, which are under increasing pressure, are available to those who genuinely need hospital care.
We have worked with our partners in this case to ensure the gentleman continues to receive the appropriate level of care and support in the community, having left hospital.
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The Care Quality Commission has praised staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital for working "really hard" to turnaround services for patients.
The health watchdog changed the rating of Addenbrooke's from 'inadequate' to 'good' following a re-inspection.
Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which runs the hospital, placed into special measures in April 2015. Inspectors were particularly concerned about its maternity and outpatients services.
Speaking to ITV News Anglia, Fiona Allinson, the CQC's head of hospital inspections for the East, said staff had since "improved the situation enormously" at the hospital.
"It's a real sense of congratulations for the staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
"They've worked really hard to turn the issues around so that they're now being rated as good."
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