Capri Hospital to close its doors
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.