News Articles on Delaware Psychiatric Center

Name of Facility: Delaware Psychiatric Center

Location: New Castle, DE, USA


  • Washington Post, “Ex-psychiatric hospital workers plead to criminal charges,” February 2018:  “Prosecutors said the three did not check on a 38-year-old male patient as required in December 2016, but signed logs indicating they had done so. The man died. Another former DPC worker… who worked as a security guard pleaded no contest to patient abuse for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a DPC patient last summer.”

Bodmin Community Hospital – Fletcher Ward

Name of Facility: Bodmin Community Hospital – Fletcher Ward

Location of Facility (City, State/Province, Country): Bodmin Cornwall UK

Number of Stars: 1.5

Description of Experience: On arrival I saw that both staff and patients looked terrified but patients more so. One patient I knew from the town where I lived. Other patients I recognised from my stay 3 months earlier. One patient from my first stay was still ill like the last time. They don’t treat any physical health problems here, they don’t even investigate.

The only outside space was the smoking courtyard, a glass box in middle of ward, floor covered with cigarette ends and vomit from the poor lady whose physical condition had worsened. I phoned the police reporting the abuse on the ward. Another patient also phoned, this patient said he was threatened with being killed by staff if he phoned the police again. I was forced to drink a cup of water with medication I wasn’t prescribed in it. I reckon I’m lucky to survive those side effects which they say I didn’t have.

There had been a large outside space but it was closed for landscaping. The courtyard was approximately 3 meters square. The staff liked to be vindictive and ignored patients. Hot drinks were only allowed at set times and provided in large jugs, one of tea and one of hot water.

The only saving grace for this ward was a occupational therapist who tried her best but the culture was bad. All patients were treated with fear and distrust.

I’ve since obtained my medical records relating to this stay I was bowled over by the factually incorrect information. (Me and another patient being over the top polite asking for the courtyard to be opened 10 minutes before 6am were classed as offensive – saying please is offensive?!)

Risk management was centred around aggression not self harm. Chairs which could be thrown removed at night but Christmas Tree had glass bubbles and a long string of electric fairy lights. The Christmas Tree was never removed at night.

The other ward in Cornwall is actually quite good.

Type of Program (inpatient, outpatient, residential, etc.): Inpatient admission ward

Anything that might have impacted your stay? i.e. being LGBTQ+: I’d complained and have long history of contact with MH services

Year(s) Your Experience(s) Occurred (i.e. 2015): Dec 2016

News Articles on Park Royal Hospital

Name of Hospital: Park Royal Hospital

Location: Fort Myers, FL, USA


NBC2, “Park Royal employee accused of sexual assault against patients,” September 2013: “A healthcare worker tasked with taking care of the mentally ill is now accused of inappropriate acts with his patients. Deputies say Benjamin Bland sexually assaulted five people at Park Royal Hospital.”

Press News, “Park Royal Hospital sexual abuse lawsuit settled,” June 2016: The former patients sexually abused in the 2013 case above settled a lawsuit against the facility.

Press News, Park Royal Hospital patient care deficiencies highlighted in federal inspection report,” November 2017: “Park Royal Hospital, the region’s only inpatient psychiatric health center, was too short-staffed to properly supervise patients, ignored their complaints, and had poor quality control procedures in place, federal inspectors concluded in a recently published report,” including not following up on patient complaints and physical restraint issues.

Press News, “Park Royal Hospital, Fort Myers’ only psychiatric hospital, gets a new leader,” February 2018: “Last month, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated an alleged sexual assault on a patient. It is also looking into the deaths of two patients who had recently been brought in for involuntary mental health evaluations under the state’s Baker Act.”