Broadmoor Hospital

Specialist Hospital/Clinic | Crowthorne, United Kingdom

Hospital description

Broadmoor Hospital is the best known of the three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England. Most of the patients at the hospital suffer from severe mental illness. Many of the patients also have personality disorders. Most have either been convicted of serious crimes, or been found unfit to plead in a trial for such crimes. Many therapies are on trial here, including art.

A new, yet controversial, Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder unit was established in 2005. As the West London Mental Health NHS Trust already carries out research, the Trust hopes that Broadmoor will become a centre of learning for this new type of therapy. The ultimate aim of this work is to reduce the cost to society that would accrue if no treatment was provided. In 2007 the facility became a male only facility. The average length of stay for patients is calculated at 6 years but this does not account for several of the patients who have been committed for over 30 years, nor the large proportion that are treated for less than this average figure; therefore the statistics must be taken measuredly.


Hospital type Specialist Hospital/Clinic
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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