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Chaffinch Ward (Bethlem Royal Hospital)

How our service can help you

This is a specialist service, available to people from across the UK.

GPs, consultants, health professionals, referrers, commissioners and members of the public can find comprehensive information about this national service here:

The purpose of our service is to ensure that mentally disordered offenders are assessed and treated effectively, in the least restrictive environment. We aim to manage the risk, reduce further offending and support recovery throughout the person's stay.

Our service is designed to support people on a pathway to recovery through a series of carefully managed stages. Each of the ward areas are associated with a specific stage, so that those people who have responded well to treatment and are close to being discharged will be cared for in a different area than those who are acutely unwell, and at the beginning of their journey. Where our admissions and intensive care ward offers enhanced physical and procedural security, our pre-discharge unit offers a high level of independence with a lower level of security, increased access to community programmes, and community outreach services fostering the development of living skills, before moving to independent settings in the community. We also offer time limited inpatient stays and community assessments.

Our service complies with the national standards set out in the Department of Health Best Practice Guidance: Specification for Adult Medium Secure Services (July 2007).

Waddon Ward
Waddon Ward is a Forensic Intensive Psychological Treatment Service (FIPTS). We are a medium secure forensic service.
We provide assessment, treatment and care for male offenders, aged 18-65, who have personality disorders and who may be a risk to themselves and others.
This is a national pilot programme and is available for people from Prison, high secure or medium secure services whose original borough of residence is within the M25.

Our treatment programme includes group-work and one to one therapy sessions. We help people to reduce their aggressive and anti-social behaviour and to improve their relationships. We support people in their development at work, and in education, and help them to live more independently in their communities. We admit people for three to four month assessments before treatment, which typically lasts between one and two years.

For more information about SLaM's national and specialist services see:

  • Service Type: Adult Mental Health Services (Local) Service Borough Covers: Lambeth, Southwark Treatment type: Inpatient
  • Contact the service

    Site Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital Known As: River House Phone Number: 020 3228 8435 or 020 3228 8436
  • Disabled Access:

    A lift provides access to the first floor

  • Address: Monks Orchard House
    Bethlem Royal Hospital
    Monks Orchard Road,
    BR3 3BX
  • Business Hours/Visiting Hours:

    24 hour reception is in operation.
    We encourage service users to maintain contact with people who are significant in their lives. Family and friends can visit by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge of the ward.
    All visits must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Two forms of identification must be provided when visiting. Please contact the unit for details of our visiting and security policy.
    Visiting Times:
    Monday - Friday 1815 - 1945
    Weekends: 1000 - 1145, 1500 - 1645, 1815 - 1945
    Office Staff:
    Monday - Friday 0900 - 1700

  • Other essential information

  • Conditions: Addictions, Anxiety, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar disorder, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Childhood degenerative disorders, Conduct disorder, Dementia, Depression, Dissociative disorders, Eating disorders, Learning disabilities, Neuropsychiatry, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Perinatal disorders, Persistent physical symptoms, Personality disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Psychosexual, Psychosis, Self-harm
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