Chestnut Court opening May 2024

Chestnut Court, Cygnet Hospital Colchester’s new service supporting individuals with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs, will be opening in May 2024.

The service is suitable for individuals who are detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those who have complex behaviours, or significant difficulties with social engagement.

Chestnut Court will contain five independent living areas. Each flat offers a robust environment designed to provide a safe space for individuals who may exhibit behaviours of distress or have specific sensory needs. Each room will be personalised to accommodate preferences, strengths and abilities of each service user.

The team focus on enabling individuals to achieve three key targeted outcomes:

  • Reduction in behaviours that challenge
  • Increase in pro-social presentation
  • Progress to future out of hospital placements within lesser restrictive environments

Located a short drive from the centre of Colchester, individuals at the service will have access to a wide range of community facilities.

Kudzanai Chikodzi, Clinical Manager, said: “Chestnut Court will provide round the clock support to the individuals in our care. The team will work closely together with those we support to ensure that their voices are heard in order to make a positive difference, improve lives and support independent living.”

For more information or to make a referral please call 0808 164 4450 or email [email protected]

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