Sandford Ward – Female Acute Inpatient Mental Health

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 16

Sandford Ward is our female acute service, providing a safe and stabilising environment for women who may require an emergency admission or who are in crisis.

The service can cater for up to 16 women, who may be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal. The focus of the service is to help stabilise and settle people and assess their needs thoroughly. During their time on the ward, service users may have their medications adjusted and other interventions will be considered and, where appropriate, put into place.


Service users on Sandford Ward have support from the full MDT with a range of interventions available including occupational therapy, psychology, social work, advocacy, IMHA services and access to a GP.

“All the staff are awesome and I cannot recommend this place enough. The food is seriously top notch. The gym facilities are 5-star. I have 1-to-1 sessions and all the equipment is fully cleaned and steamed and sprayed. It’s not just about the medication, they put in so much more. I came here broken. I’m going to leave here fixed and with support after.”Service User

Amongst the outcomes we aim to achieve are:

  • Reduced number of self-harm incidents
  • Improved wellbeing
  • Improved social functioning
  • Service users treated and stabilised in order to move on to care in the community
  • Psychoeducation programme offered to help service users better understand their illness
  • Workshops and support offered to help service users cope with everyday tasks post discharge
  • A crisis plan will be agreed pre-discharge with arrangements for future incidents relating to the service user’s illness

All wards offer an Active Life programme to increase service user understanding of the intrinsic benefits of exercise for supporting sustained mental health recovery. This is achieved through a physical health assessment and a tailored individual care plan.

We also offer a comprehensive programme for those individuals who, as well as having a mental illness, have abused drugs and/or alcohol. This programme is integrated into the therapeutic programme across the hospital and is accessible to all service users.

Admissions are usually short-term but we can support people longer-term if they require extra support while an alternative service is found. The aim on Sandford Ward is to help service users learn how to manage their mental health and reinforce their daily living skills, to prepare for independent life back in the community, or for moving into mainstream rehabilitation.


The ward provides a range of facilities including single, en-suite bedrooms, social and recreational spaces, a games room, secure garden and outdoor gym equipment. There is a full-time activities co-ordinator on Sandford Ward.

For those who are too unwell to leave the hospital or ward, we offer ward-based activities and they can also access the hospital’s gym, kitchen facilities and IT suite.

Our service user profile:

  • Women, aged 18+
  • May be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Experiencing an acute episode of mental illness requiring a crisis admission
  • Diagnoses may include:
    • Acute mental illness
    • Acute depressive illness
    • Psychosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bi-polar disorder
    • Personality disorder
    • Dual diagnosis
  • May present with co-morbid presentations:
    • Self-harm
    • Substance misuse issues
    • Complex needs
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