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ABI Locked Rehabilitation Service

Cavendish Ward is a dedicated locked ABI rehabilitation service specifically developed to extend St Mary's care pathway for patients as a result of an acquired brain injury or neurological degenerative disorder.

The service offers a locked ward environment for patients stepping down from secure care or those who require hospital admission from a community placement due to deterioration in their presentation or complex needs.

Our experienced staff have developed a wealth of expertise in managing people with acquired brain injuries presenting with complex needs and a range of challenging behaviours. Staff are trained in using evidence based strategies to support the individual, utilising person centred planning to address their individual treatment and rehabilitation needs. Cavendish Ward has been designed to offer a spacious low stimulus environment to enable and maximise the potential for ongoing rehabilitation, where the emphasis is on creating opportunities to allow facilitation of adaptive behaviours and reduce challenging behaviours.

The service will accept both informal and patients detained under the Mental Health Act (1983 amended 2007) or those managed under the Mental Capacity Act.

Accommodation and Facilities

These services are located at St Mary's Hospital in Warrington. St Mary's Hospital is a state of the art purpose built facility built to the highest specification and designed to meet the needs of patients with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairment.

  • Ensuite single bedrooms with quality fittings
  • Occupational therapy suites
  • IT classrooms
  • Well equipped gym with qualified instructor
  • Horticultural facilities
  • Workshops
  • Patient cafe
  • Patient shop

Admission Criteria

St Mary's Hospital welcomes referrals for people who may meet some or all of the following criteria:-
  • Male patients 18 years and over
  • Diagnosis of brain injury or neurodegenerative disorder
  • Forensic History or/complex needs
  • Patients are likely to present as a risk if accessing the community
  • Patients are likely to present as challenging within an open or community based environment
  • Step down from secure care or step up from community placement

How to Refer:

St Mary's Hospital welcomes referrals from across the United Kingdom and Ireland. All referrals should be made using the designated referral form which can be downloaded from this websiteor by request via telephone or e-mail. We aim to respond to all referrals within 3 days of receipt of the referral and to undertake an assessment within 5 days. Each person referred to the service will have a comprehensive multi disciplinary assessment prior to admission which will determine suitability for admission to the service and the care package that would be available to meet their needs. When a patient is accepted for admission, arrangements are put in place for ensuring that the admission process is a planned programme of continuous care. Wherever possible the patient will have the opportunity to meet key staff or to visit the hospital prior to admission.