Research Article

Four years' experience of an interim secure unit.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 282 doi: (Published 14 March 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;282:889
  1. J Higgins


    An interim secure unit of 14 beds (Rainford Ward) at Rainhill Hospital has been functioning for four years. During that period 78 patients were referred and 39 were admitted from various sources. Of those admitted, 40% were women, all had committed dangerous acts, and the most common diagnosis was schizophrenia. Only seven patients have stayed for one year or more, and only one seems set to stay indefinitely. Patients discharged are followed up in roughly equal numbers by their catchment area psychiatric teams and by the regional forensic psychiatric service. The number of patients in the ward has settled to about 12 for a population of one million. The unit now functions unobtrusively in a large psychiatric hospital, has a high morale, has had few recruiting problems, and has suffered extremely few disturbing incidents.