How our service can help you
Chaffinch Ward is a 19-bed low secure pre-discharge ward. We provide inpatient treatment and care for men, aged 18-65, who have mental health problems and a history of offending.
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).
This is a specialist service, available to people from across the UK. GPs, consultants, health professionals, referrers, commissioners and members of the public can learn more about our forensic services on our National Forensic Services page.
- Service Borough Covers: Lambeth, Southwark Treatment type: Inpatient
Contact the serviceSite Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital Known As: River House Phone Number: 020 3228 8435 or 020 3228 8436
A lift provides access to the first floor
Monks Orchard House
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road,Beckenham, London, 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.
Monday - Friday 1815 - 1945
Weekends: 1000 - 1145, 1500 - 1645, 1815 - 1945
Monday - Friday 0900 - 1700
- 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