Terry Waite visits Ashworth High Secure Hospital






Former Church of England envoy Terry Waite visited Ashworth High Secure Hospital last Thursday as part of a co-produced recovery programme for patients to gain inspiration from notable speakers.


Mr Waite, now 76, was held captive in Lebanon between 1987 and 1991, visited Ashworth Hospital to give a talk to patients about his time as a hostage and also answered questions from them. He also met with staff who nurse patients on a high dependency ward.


The visit was part of a co-produced recovery programme with patients requesting motivational speakers talking about hope and inspiration to help service users overcome adversity.


“We are constantly looking at ways to stimulate and interest our patients in all parts of our service, which often helps with their recovery programme,” said Mark Chandley, Senior Clinical Nurse at Ashworth Hospital.


“Inviting someone of Terry Waite’s stature and enabling him to address the patients and discuss his time as a hostage can only help in that process.”


Among the many questions asked of Mr Waite by patients were “did you think every minute would be your last, how big a role did hope play in your survival and how did you cope with the anxiety, isolation and mental stress?”


Mr Waite said: “I’m on the record as saying that love and compassion will always win and I was really impressed with Mersey Care’s commitment to their No Force First initiative.


“You can see how it benefits patients and staff and Mersey Care should be applauded for the work they have done in looking at different innovative approaches for mental health care and recovery.”


Photographs of Terry Waite’s visit to Ashworth are available. For further information contact: Communications on 0151-471-2336 or joanne.cunningham@merseycare.nhs.uk