Newton Lodge (The Yorkshire Centre for Forensic Psychiatry)

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About the service

Newton Lodge (also known as The Yorkshire Centre for Forensic Psychiatry) is a 90 bed medium secure hospital based at Fieldhead in Wakefield. The service provides care and treatment for women and men with mental health problems and men with a learning disability from across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Within the hospital there are seven wards, each having a different focus and philosophy to address the needs of service users at a particular stage in their treatment and recovery.

The wards are:

  • Bronte – a 7 bedded psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Hepworth – a 15 bedded male assessment ward
  • Waterton – a 16 bedded enhanced recovery ward
  • Priestley – a 17 bedded active recovery ward
  • Johnson – a 15 bedded female assessment and recovery ward
  • Appleton – an 8 bedded learning disability assessment ward
  • Chippendale – a 12 bedded learning disability recovery ward

Following admission, a service user’s needs are fully assessed and a plan of care and treatment is formulated to meet their unique needs. The admission wards provide care to service users experiencing an acute phase of their mental health problem. Most often a service user will be admitted to one of these wards so that their needs can be fully assessed and staff can get to know them.

Following this period of assessment, a service user can progress to another ward to continue their treatment and rehabilitation, focusing on promoting recovery, increasing independence and working towards a future transfer or discharge.

View the Newton Lodge service user welcome booklet, you can also take a look at NHS England’s secure carers toolkit.

Why would someone choose the service?

  • Newton Lodge recently underwent a state of the art £15m redevelopment to provide a purpose-built and modern accommodation. The three year project involved the refurbishment and new build of four wards and the development of a £4.8m activity centre which features a full size sports hall, gym, art room, workshops and a music room. A primary healthcare suite is also included with treatment and consulting rooms as well as a dental suite. This means people in Newton Lodge can get exactly the same standard of NHS care as the rest of the country but within a medium secure environment.
  • 82% of service users rated their care and treatment as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ in a recent survey.
  • 89% of service users said they were treated with dignity and respect.
  • 71% of people said they were ‘extremely likely’ or ‘likely’ to recommend Newton Lodge to family or friends.
  • Service users feel they learn important skills to aid them in their recovery while at Newton Lodge. One service user commented: “I have learnt a lot of helpful life skills being here at Newton Lodge.”
  • Staff at Newton Lodge are approachable, friendly and professional and maintain a caring environment. One service user said: “I share a lot of thoughts and experiences with patients and staff to get over my problems.”

We also have a newsletter for families and carers, you can read our latest newsletter here.

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