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Adult Autism Inpatient Service

St Mary's Hospital provides an inpatient services for male and female patients with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

Patients will have a primary diagnosis of an ASC and may also present a dual diagnosis including Co-morbid conditions and/or a history of challenging behaviour. The service provides a safe and effective care programme using a person centred approach, with the aim of achieving fulfilling and rewarding lives.

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Adult Autism service provision

  • Locked female inpatient service
  • Locked male inpatient service

The gender specific wards are designed to offer a spacious, tranquil and caring locked environment, with the aim of optimising the patient's individual abilities. Staff will work with patients to enhance the development of social awareness, independent life skills, emotional management and help to promote community relationships, while assessing and managing risk.

Admission Criteria:

  • Male and female patients over 18 years
  • May require detention under the Mental Health Act (1983, amended 2007)
  • Co-morbid Mental Illness
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) Assessment of ASC including intellectual disability
  • Aggressive and challenging behaviour
  • Self harming and/or suicidal behaviour
  • Breakdown in family support and existing support packages
  • Forensic referrals will be reviewed and considered
  • Transfer of patients from secure hospital


The Hospital offers a high quality environment including:

  • Highly equipped sensory room
  • Horticultural facilities
  • IT classrooms
  • Occupational therapy suites
  • Patient cafe
  • Private bedrooms with en-suite
  • Secure vehicles
  • Spacious recreational areas
  • Visiting rooms for adults and children
  • Well equipped gym with qualified instructor
  • Workshops

Location of the Specialist Autism Service

This service is located at St Mary's Hospital in Warrington.