A hospital in Leavesden has confirmed that Jimmy Savile never visited, after concerns were raised that he may have had contact with patients.

Following information given to police as part of Operation Yewtree that Jimmy Savile visited one of the former sites of Leavesden Secure Mental Health Hospital in the 1970s, the hospital carried out an investigation to establish if Savile ever visited, and what access he may have had to vulnerable people.

The police information came from a member of an amateur dance troupe who had performed with Savile but had never witnessed any improper behaviour.  She could recall dancing with her troupe at Leavesden Hospital, and the investigation found that Savile was not present. 

A statement from the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust said: "We have carried out a thorough investigation, led by an independent investigator, and are confident that Savile never visited Leavesden Hospital.  An amateur dance troupe which sometimes performed with him in the 1970's, is likely to have visited the hospital, but Savile did not accompany them

"Our policies then and now prevent performers or celebrity guests spending time alone with our service users."

Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC's Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It, died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary.