Pendarren Court is an Independent Hospital registered to provide medical and psychiatric treatment to 12 male adults between 18 and 65 years of age who are diagnosed with a mental disorder and who may be liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

During the inspection, we identified a number of issues that indicated a risk to patient safety. As a result of these findings, we considered it necessary to urgently suspend the registration of Pendarren Court hospital. We worked with NHS Wales to ensure that patients, all of whom were receiving care funded by the NHS, were moved to alternative settings. The hospital currently remains suspended. 

Findings

  • Significant gaps in recording for care and treatment plans, which could lead to poor outcomes for patients, placing them at unacceptable risk of harm
  • Staffing levels were inadequate to provide safe and effective care
  • Lack of leadership and management due to registered manager and ward manager posts being vacant
  • Minimal evidence of audit and governance processes which would assist the provider in ensuring the safe and effective care and treatment of patients
  • No evidence to show the processes in place for monitoring key issues of quality, including incident analysis, risk management, environment of care, therapeutic input for patients and the strategic development of the service

Chief Executive Dr Kate Chamberlain said today:

We identified a number of issues of potential risks to patient safety. On this basis, we took urgent action to suspend the registration of Pendarren Court Hospital in order to protect patients. We worked closely with NHS commissioners to ensure that patients were moved to alternative hospitals safely. Healthcare Inspectorate Wales continues to work with the provider to ensure that necessary improvements are made.

Last updated: 9 May 2018