Analysis

Rundown hospitals: the cost of working in unfit buildings

Dilapidated buildings and outdated designs unfit for modern nursing mean mental health trusts need urgent capital investment – but competition for money is fierce
Lynfield Mount Hospital

Dilapidated buildings and outdated designs unfit for modern nursing mean mental health trusts need urgent capital investment – but competition for money is fierce

  • Mental health hospitals are crying out for major refurbishment, if not development – but scope for such capital spending is severely limited
  • Units’ buildings reflect outdated attitudes to mental health care and do not reflect modern therapeutic approaches
  • How poor quality hospital environment leads to longer patient stays and hampers staff retention

When rain falls heavily on Lynfield Mount hospital in Bradford, West Yorkshire, sewage swells up through its bathroom sinks, and seeps under doors and onto the wards.

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