Lancaster detox unit to close doors

Harvey House, Ashton Road, Lancaster
Harvey House, Ashton Road, Lancaster

A unit in Lancaster which provides drug and alcohol detox services is to close.

Harvey House, in Ashton Road, was run by four shareholders. But it has now been announced that the unit will close imminently, and staff were told on Monday that the redundancy process will begin.

A spokesman said: “It is with regret and reluctance that the shareholders of Harvey House Social Enterprises Ltd (HHSE) have decided to close Harvey House and instruct a prompt and orderly wind down of all services.

“The shareholders have also commenced formal insolvency proceedings of the company and appointed a licensed insolvency practitioner, Marshall Peters, to assist with this.

“Since opening in 2011, HHSE has provided safe and effective treatment and care for more than 1,200 vulnerable adults from right across the north of England, and beyond. Every member of our professional and dedicated team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the clinical, care and support services provided are amongst the best in the country. It is a testament to their hard work that HHSE has built an enviable track record in achieving excellent results and high levels of client satisfaction. However, and at the same time, the underlying business has struggled and, despite considerable investment over a period of time, has been unable to demonstrate viability. It is these sustained and increasing financial pressures that have led the business to close.”

Harvey House took in clients from across the north west, usually for seven to 10 days of treatment.