Rampton Secure Hospital

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Rampton Secure Hospital
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Rampton Hospital - geograph.org.uk - 211315.jpg
Entrance to Rampton Secure Hospital
Rampton Secure Hospital is located in Nottinghamshire
Rampton Secure Hospital
Shown in Nottinghamshire
Coordinates53°17′24″N 0°50′11″W / 53.2899°N 0.8365°W / 53.2899; -0.8365Coordinates: 53°17′24″N 0°50′11″W / 53.2899°N 0.8365°W / 53.2899; -0.8365
Care systemNHS
Hospital typeSpecialist
Emergency departmentNo
Bedsabout 390
SpecialityPsychiatric hospital
(secure mental hospital)

Rampton Secure Hospital is a high security psychiatric hospital near the village of Woodbeck between Retford and Rampton in Nottinghamshire, England. It is one of only three high security psychiatric hospitals in England, alongside Ashworth Hospital near Liverpool and Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. It is managed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Rampton Hospital, which was designed by Francis William Troup,[1] was built on what until then was a large open common known as "Rampton Field" as an overflow facility for Broadmoor Hospital and opened in 1912.[2]

Staff were required to live on-site and estate cottages for their use were built in the 1920s and 1930s.[1] An outdoor arena, an indoor gymnasium and a swimming pool were added in the 1960s.[1]

On 22 May 1979, Yorkshire Television broadcast an exposé programme titled Rampton, The Secret Hospital, showing the routinely severe mistreatment of Rampton patients by staff. A groundbreaking look inside the hitherto secret world of a 'special hospital', it was cited in a "top ten" of television programmes which occasioned intense public debate and engendered far-reaching effects upon its subject area,[3] and it was awarded an International Emmy.[4]

A follow-up television broadcast a few weeks later reported that its immediate effect within the hospital had so far amounted to a few scapegoat prosecutions while the status quo had continued largely as before, except that no staff member could trust another not to be a whistle-blower. An inquiry under Sir John Boynton was set up; the report in 1980 was critical of the hospital's management structure making a total of 205 recommendations.[5]

In February 2000, the hospital was awarded a Charter Mark award. This government scheme was designed to both reward excellence and encourage constant quality improvement. The scheme laid emphasis on the quality of service provided to users including visitors and the general public.[1]

In April 2001, the hospital, which had previously been administered by the Home Office, became managed by the new Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, a provider of mental health services in the local area.[1]

In May 2008, a group of patients lost their High Court battle seeking to overturn the rule banning patients from smoking within the hospital.[6]

The Mike Harris Centre, a new training building named after the consultant forensic psychiatrist who led the forensic division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, opened in January 2011.[7] Other major developments have included the David Wilson Unit, for National High Secure Learning Disability Services, which opened in July 2011.[8]


Rampton Hospital houses about 400 patients who have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 under the criteria of "mental disorder" (any disorder or disability of mind).[2] It has a staff of about 2,000 and provides the national services for patients with a learning disability, women and deaf men requiring high security care. It also provides services for men suffering from mental illness and personality disorders. The hospital has an 'Enhanced Personality Disorder' unit originally opened in 2004 as part of a national pilot for 'Dangerous and Severe Personality Disordered' men.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "History Information: Rampton Hospital" (PDF). Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Eden, Richard (2002-08-21). "Rampton is home to the dangerous and violent". Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  3. ^ "Television that changed our world - UK". The Scotsman. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Previous awards: Documentary: The Secret Hospital: 1979". International Emmy Awards. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Rampton Hospital: Boynton Report (Hansard, 11 November 1980)". hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  6. ^ "Patients lose smoking ban appeal". BBC News. 20 May 1912. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Clarke opens centre". Retford Guardian. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  8. ^ 16:50 (2011-07-16). "New unit at Rampton Hospital opened by Secretary of State for Health - Retford Trader and Guardian". Retfordtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  9. ^ "Empathic and Moral Processing in Personality Disordered Patients". Health Research Authority. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Terrifying Killers treated at Rampton". Lincolnshire Live. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  11. ^ "The horrifying full story of Bruce Lee - Hull's worst serial killer". Hull Daily Mail. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Inside Rampton Hospital". BBC News. 21 August 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Beverly Allitt: Suffer the Children". The Crime Library. 10 May 2000. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  14. ^ "Princess defies her would-be kidnapper". The Telegraph. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  15. ^ Press Association. "Cannibalistic killer not watched properly in Broadmoor, inquest finds | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Murder Most Academic". City Journal. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Huntley tells of life at Rampton". Evening Standard. 9 October 2002. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  18. ^ Press Association. "Psychopath faces life for killing trainee rabbi | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  19. ^ Chilling threats of a killer..., the Yorkshire Post, by Kate O'Hara, published 3 January 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2012

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