Two remain at Long Leys Court as police investigation continues

A police investigation into five serious incidents at a Lincoln disability inpatient unit is continuing, while two patients remain at the facility.

Long Leys Court, off Long Leys Road, provides assessment and treatment for adults with learning disabilities, who also have released healthcare needs.

The facility, managed by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), was temporarily shut down after a number of serious incidents between April and June put the quality of care at the facility into question.

(The trust first reported that three incidents were being investigated by police. The figure is now five.)

Shortly after, it was confirmed that a 69-year-old patient at the facility had died in hospital following a short illness. He was not however said to be related to police investigations.

No particular details of the serious incidents have been confirmed while investigations continue, and there is no indication of how long the process will take.

While two patients are still in the process of being relocated since the temporary closure, all others have been relocated within Lincolnshire and the trust is working with families to care for their needs.

The trust chief executive Dr John Brewin and director of operations Ian Jerams addressed councillors on the county’s health scrutiny committee on Wednesday, September 16.

They explained various agencies have been working together on an improvement plan with risk assessments and regular reports.

Dr John Brewin said: “We have two patients remaining at Long Leys Court. One of the patients has multiple restrictions and we are working hard to relocate them within Lincolnshire.

“Long Leys Court is a challenging place to work and it is not unusual for patients and staff to deal with physical incidents.

“We have a CQC inspection due in November this year, but we understand that it’s important the investigation is carried out thoroughly and properly.”