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Mental health unit closes after criticisms

A hospital trust has closed a unit in Bristol after criticism of the care of its patients. The Lansdowne Unit at Blackberry Hill Hospital looked after adults suffering mental health problems.

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust has been issued with warnings about the care of patients and the suitability of the unit itself. The trust says the safety of patients was never in question. Eli-Louise Wringe reports.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust criticised in report

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership has been severely criticised.

It follows two killings committed by patients in their care.

An NHS report has slated the trust demanding changes in leadership, culture and style.

The main findings of the report are:

  • Trust was target driven, bureaucratic and controlling
  • Concerns over aspects of safety
  • Weak clinical voice in decision making
  • Urgent need to change culture and leadership