Capri Hos­pi­tal to close its doors

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Af­ter 17 years of ser­vice an Auck­land re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and men­tal health hos­pi­tal is clos­ing its doors.

The de­ci­sion to close the res­i­den­tial ser­vice at Capri Hos­pi­tal in Mt Welling­ton was sud­den.

‘‘Af­ter 17 years for a num­ber of rea­sons the Smith fam­ily made the hard de­ci­sion to close our doors,’’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Smith said.

Capri opened in De­cem­ber 1999 with five beds and three staff. To­day there are 35 staff and 22 beds with out­pa­tients num­ber­ing 150 peo­ple each week.

Guy Smith and Tom Claunch founded Capri Trust in 1999 and have helped more than 5000 peo­ple since.

Guy Smith had strug­gled with de­pen­dence on al­co­hol for over 30 years and had at­tended mul­ti­ple treat­ment set­tings.

How­ever, it wasn’t un­til he met Claunch, also a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic, that he stopped drink­ing.

To­gether they wanted to pro­vide sup­port for peo­ple like them.

‘‘The com­bi­na­tion of our ev­i­dence based pro­gramme, open door pol­icy to all pre­vi­ous clients, and our fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment has been the ba­sis of our suc­cess,’’ Dale Smith said.

In Oc­to­ber 2010, the cen­tre be­came a cer­ti­fied hos­pi­tal by the Min­istry of Health. This meant peo­ple with drug and al­co­hol prob­lems were able to live at Capri while they went through a detox­i­fi­ca­tion process.

Auck­land coun­cil­lor Denise Krum was sur­prised to hear of the clo­sure.

‘‘Re­gret­fully, I would think the busi­ness they are in is a growth in­dus­try, I’ve only ever heard com­ments in­di­cat­ing their ser­vices are sorely needed.’’

The cen­tre will close its doors on Septem­ber 16 when it will stop pro­vid­ing its full range of care ser­vices to clients.

‘‘Our staff have been work­ing hard in en­sur­ing our clients are re­ferred to ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port on our clo­sure,’’ Dale says.

‘‘As a fam­ily we are grate­ful to all those who have sup­ported Capri over the years, some of who have now passed on.’’

Capri will pro­vide on­go­ing out- It first opened in 1999 and has helped more than 5000 peo­ple since then.

pa­tient sup­port in Auck­land dur­ing week­days from 10am to 11am un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Capri Hos­pi­tal in Mt Welling­ton is shut­ting down.

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