As Broadmoor Hospital opens its doors for first time in 150 years to be filmed in a new ITV documentary, interesting facts and statistics about the institution are revealed.
Broadmoor is a hospital, not a prison. It is one of three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England.
Boradmoor Hospital is located in Berkshire and was founded in 1863.
Staff at Broadmoor Hospital:
- 420 nurses
- 12 consultants
- Range of professional staff include psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, teachers and specialists in physical and vocational activities.
Number of wards and patients:
- There are 15 wards in total.
- Each ward has between eight and 20 patients
- Broadmoor holds 210 patients, with a turnover of around 50 a year.
The average age of patients at admission is 29.
Where do patients come from? Patients come from London and the south.
- A third from the courts for assessment before trial or sentencing.
- A third from prison.
- A third may have committed no offence but require treatment in more secure conditions.
- Severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia.
- Personality disorders, mostly ‘anti-social’ type.
Length of stay at Broadmoor Hospital:
On average the length of stay is just under five years, although many stay for a much shorter time.
Fewer than 5% have been at the hospital for over 20 years.
Once patients are assessed as ready to leave Broadmoor, where do they move on to?
- 35% NHS medium-security unit.
- 30% independent medium-security unit.
- 15% prison.
The documentary team were given unprecedented access to the wards for filming the programme which will be broadcast tonight at 9pm.