Fresh hope for ‘Patient A’ as council find three bedroom house with a garden for autistic man, 24

An autistic young man who has been isolated in a small apartment in a private hospital for four years could soon move into a three-bedroom home.

Patient A, 24, has stayed in the purpose-built unit at the Royal Cheadle Hospital, Greater Manchester, since 2017 at a cost of up to £20,000 a week to the NHS.

He receives his meals and medicines through a hatch and is kept under constant surveillance through closed circuit television.

The Sunday Times revealed that the man’s family had been lobbying health care chiefs to move him to a home where he could be looked after by a care team.

Social workers from Liverpool City Council visited the three-bedroom house last week.

Patient A’s mother, Nicola, 50, has criticized the treatment of her autistic son who was admitted to a youth and adult psychiatric hospital four years ago. He was arrested behind a hatch (pictured) in an old file room

423 sq ft secure apartment with garden - with cycling track and trampoline - comfortable room, lounge, bedroom and bathroom

423 sq ft secure apartment with garden – with cycling track and trampoline – comfortable room, lounge, bedroom and bathroom

The apartment is monitored around the clock by CCTV and is the size of a large living room

The apartment is monitored around the clock by CCTV and is the size of a large living room

Cheadle Hospital is operated by private practice The Priory Group. The CEO, Rebecca Cresswell, visited Patient A last Wednesday in order to “gain a better understanding of the situation and the necessary actions.”

She has offered to speak to his family and a meeting is scheduled this month to discuss the future of Patient A.

Last week, the mother of young Nicola, 50, was reported to have been unhappy with her son’s treatment plan, saying he was being held in a 423-square-foot “box”. He gets up late every day, plays computer games and his meals are passed through a gap in the wooden slot by the staff, who leave him to eat alone.

Patient A, who also has a learning disability and Tourette’s syndrome, was taken into custody under the Mental Health Act in September 2017.

He was admitted to a unit for patients with acute mental illness at the Countess of Chester Hospital at the age of 14 after he began regularly to “criticize” his grandparents, his mother, and his brother.

Nicola says her son had a typical childhood until about 12 years old. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of seven, and later with Tourette’s and a learning disability.

At the age of 20, he is admitted to Mercy Lodge at the Royal Cheadle Hospital and spends his time in a secure 423-square-foot apartment that contains a garden—with cycling track and trampoline—and a comfortable room, lounge, bedroom, and bathroom.

The apartment is monitored around the clock by CCTV and is the size of a large living room.

In a CQC report published in November, Cheadle Royal received the general summary as “requiring improvement” and was also rated “inadequate” by safety inspectors.

Nicola wants the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Liverpool City Council to help work towards providing community placement

Nicola wants the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Liverpool City Council to help work towards providing community placement

Nicola said her son gets up late every day, spends most of his time playing computer games and his meals are passed through a gap in the wooden slot by staff

Nicola said her son gets up late every day, spends most of his time playing computer games and his meals are passed through a gap in the wooden slot by staff

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Nicola said: “Sometimes I have to get out of there just to breathe.

Being in this box is not appropriate for autism. The only thing he has to look forward to in life is the things I give him. Play Station. cell phone. Movies. Takeaway. In every room he enters, they watch him on screen. This is not the life of a 24-year-old.

During visits with her son, Nicola is “afraid” to go into the viewing room where she is sitting in a chair and talking to her son through an “eight inch gap below the Perspex screen” as she faces the “reality” of the son’s condition.

Nicola, from Liverpool, is preparing to fight a legal battle in protection court to be released from his “life in a box”.

In a CQC report published in November, Cheadle Royal Hospital obtained the general summary as

In a CQC report published in November, Cheadle Royal received the general summary as “requiring improvement” and was also rated “inadequate” by inspectors on safety.

She wants the judge to review his fragmentation under the Mental Health Act and provide a pathway to an appropriate home in the community.

The NHS Transforming Care agenda, set up in 2015, aims to get people with autism and learning disabilities out of long hospital stays into the community. The Priory stated that he was committed to the process and that Ms Cresswell was “fully involved” in reviewing patient A’s family concerns.

Clinical Assignments Group NHS Liverpool, which funds patient A’s care, said it could not comment on individual cases.

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