Originally named the Oregon Hospital for the Insane, the Oregon State Hospital was active in the fields of electroconvulsive therapy, lobotomies, eugenics, and hydrotherapy.
In the mid-twentieth century, the facility experienced significant overcrowding problems, with a peak of nearly 3,600 patients. In the early twenty-first century, the hospital received public criticism for its aging facilities and treatment of patients, and the hospital's management of 5,000 canisters of unclaimed human cremains was the subject of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning series published in The Oregonian.
Staff told officers they could not find any doctors willing to come to King’s Lynn to do the assessment.•Police waits with patients •On November 20 two police officers waited for 14 hours with a woman detained under the Mental Health Act at the Fermoy Unit in King’s Lynn.That night there was just one Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), which are provided by Norfolk County Council, on duty in the county. •On September 20 two officers waited with another patient in the Fermoy suite for around 15 hours as no doctor could be found.A bed was finally found but a secure ambulance could not be booked.•In May in Aylsham again a man was held for 57 hours in a police cell as a bed and ambulance could not be found.
The two-day convening brought together over 200 stakeholders from Member States, United Nations Agencies, Universities and NGO's.