The State Hospital

The State Hospital, Carstairs, Lanark ML11 8RP
Phone: 01555 840293 Fax: 01555 840024 email:

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Referrals, Admissions and Transfers

The State Hospital’s Referrals Policy and Procedure is well established.   As at 31 March 2017 there were 111 occupied beds with no patients awaiting admission.

Hospital policy is for all transfers and discharges to be undertaken using the Care Programme Approach (CPA) which is a multi-agency systematic approach to care planning.  As well as professional staff, the approach involves patients, and where possible their carers.  All patients have a named Mental Health Officer who plays an active role in the discharge process.  The CPA Annual Report covering the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 reported that the 100% target was met for pre transfer / discharge CPA meetings and 54 CPA and CPA Review Meetings took place with patient participation at 79%.

In some circumstances, the discharges are monitored by Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in order to ensure that all risks are properly managed. No MAPPA meetings were required during 2016/17.

Patient Information (Social Work) - CPA for Patients (May 2015)Opens in a new window

Patient Visitor Information (Social Work) - CPA for Carers (May 2015)Opens in a new window

CPA Policy (for transfers and discharges)Opens in a new window

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Mental Health Tribunal

The Mental Health Tribunal gives patients the right of appeal against being detained in excessive security. In 2016/17 there were 20 appeals: 16 successful; one not upheld; and three cancelled as the patient transferred prior to the hearing.

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