The Psychiatric Unit at Wexham Park Hospital has served a population of 230,000 with no entry to long-stay beds since 1972. There have been between 45 and 60 available beds for all types of mental illness except dementia. Various group homes and unstaffed halfway houses have been started, but the accumulation of more disabled patients showed the need for both a staffed group home, and rehabilitation to fit them for it. There was no separate ward or building in the hospital which could be used, and so rehabilitation had to be arranged on an acute ward. The staffed group home has a lower staff-patient ratio than a hospital hostel.
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