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Fact File

Factfile

Average length of stay – 3-4 years
Number of staff – around 300
Total investment – £19 million
Number of wards – 8
Number of beds – 74 beds

'Rowanbank Clinic is just a mini Carstairs'
False – Rowanbank is very different from the State Hospital Carstairs. Any patients who are considered to pose a serious risk to themselves or others and require to be cared for in a high security setting will continue to be admitted to the State Hospital. They will stay there until they are well enough to be transferred to a medium or low secure care facility for ongoing treatment.

'All patients admitted will have committed an offence'
False – In fact it is estimated that around one third of patients treated in medium secure centres will not have committed any offence.

'Medium secure care centres are a type of prison'
False – secure care centres are NHS hospitals which provide vital mental health services and the people treated there are patients not prisoners.


Common myths and misconceptions