The Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the UK has issued two formal warnings to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust to improve care standards at the Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol.
CQC conducted an unannounced inspection of the Lansdowne Assessment and Treatment Unit, a 12-bedded unit for adults with learning difficulties, in September 2012.
The inspectors observed that the unit failed to meet standards such as safeguarding arrangements, staffing, respecting and involving people using the service, and monitoring the quality of service provided.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust has decided to close the unit temporarily.
CQC South deputy director Ian Biggs said that the cramped layout of the Lansdowne Unit was affecting the basic standards of care and restricting people’s activities.
"We have previously raised concerns about the building, which we said was not well furnished or properly equipped to ensure people’s wellbeing and safety, let alone promote their independence and comfort," Biggs added.
"The trust had acknowledged that the size and layout of the building were unsuitable for the care of people with complex and challenging mental health needs, when they needed a calm therapeutic atmosphere."
Inspectors reported that patients were unable to receive the care, treatment and support that met their needs and protected their rights.