The Priory Hospital Middleton St George

The Priory Hospital Middleton St George, close to Darlington, provides specialist inpatient care for people, of adult working age, with mental health needs who present with complex needs and behaviours that challenge, in a safe and supportive environment.  

Our comprehensive integrated services offer complete care pathways allowing service users to transfer effortlessly between the most appropriate care, meeting individual needs and enabling recovery and re-engagement within the community, maximising life opportunities.

The hospital has 81 en-suite beds, across six wards on-site, specialising in providing treatment for:

  • Male low secure mental illness and complex needs
  • Male locked rehabilitation for mental illness
  • Female locked rehabilitation for mental illness
  • Female specialist personality disorder locked rehabilitation
  • Mixed acute
  • Mixed detox

Off site, but still within easy access of the main hospital, is a step down community house for three male service users who have moved through the appropriate care pathway to a supported living environment.

Multidisciplinary teams work in collaboration with service users and commissioners to deliver individual treatment programmes and adaptable care pathways to allow service users to progress towards a less restrictive environment and to independent living. Our service users can be amongst the most vulnerable members of society and require sensitive therapeutic interventions that encourage self-awareness, knowledge and empowerment. We offer services for those with a wide range of mental health issues which may include:

  • Personality disorder with complex treatment and risk management needs, including factors such as co-morbid mental illness, self-harm or substance misuse
  • Mental illness and complex needs
  • Primary diagnosis of schizophrenia
  • Forensic history, including violence or abuse
  • Substance abuse history which requires an inpatient stay

Environment and facilities on-site

  • Significant off ward spacious, relaxing and pleasant grounds
  • Occupational therapy suite
  • Fully equipped central gymnasium
  • Education and IT rooms – fully registered ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) centre
  • Astroturf football pitch
  • Service user cafe
  • Rehabilitation kitchens
  • Multi faith room
  • Chicken aviary 
  • Access to a GP service

Our Services

Our Specialists

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

We are able to accept emergency referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Urgent or out-of-hours appointments and admissions can be arranged immediately by telephoning the hospital directly. For further information please contact the Business Development Manager on 01325 331 935 during office hours. Out of hours please call the ward directly on 01325 331 908.

We accept referrals from a wide variety of public sector organisations throughout the UK, including special hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, courts, MSUs, SHA forensic lead commissioners, social services, NHS Mental Health Trusts, GPs, the police and others.

For further information or to make a referral, please contact our Business Development Manager, Loraine Mason, via email: lorainemason@priorygroup.com or on 01325 333 192.

Our service users are made aware of hospital procedures, regulations and restrictions and should agree to abide by them via a written contract prior to admission.

More Info

Dalton Ward - Male Low Secure Mental Illness & Complex Needs Service

Admission Criteria

  • Males aged 18 and above who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • The person has a complex mental disorder either because of co-morbidity or because of symptom profile and is in the process of transition from secure inpatient care
  • The person has a history of significant and serious offending while mentally disordered, despite being under the care of general psychiatric services, they have a history of poor compliance and a significant risk of relapse at which time they have acted with violence; their risk is unpredictable in that their mental state may deteriorate suddenly and unpredictably and their current service request an opinion or ongoing advice
  • The person has significant risk to others, without having a history of offending, despite being under the care of general psychiatric services; they have a history of poor compliance and a significant risk of relapse. To manage this risk requires inpatient care, specialist risk management procedures and specialist treatment interventions
  • The person has committed serious offences when unwell and continues to exhibit offence paralleling behaviour when apparently mentally well which suggests the possibility of similar high risk behaviour when unwell
  • The person can be managed safely only through structured supported consistent interventions using the specialist skills within a Forensic service
  • Individuals, who because of the nature of their offending, the nature of their disorder and/or their political profile require complex, multi-agency management (such as MAPPA, MoJ, Police, Public Protection Unit) with whom Dalton Ward have regular and good working relationships

Linden Ward - Male Locked Rehabilitation and Complex Care

Admission Criteria

  • Males aged 18 and above who are detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Present with risky behaviour and/or chronic challenging behaviour and who may pose a continuing and ongoing risk to others or themselves
  • Represent a persistent risk of absconding
  • Have an intractable mental state and behavioural issues and who are unlikely to immediately be suitable for Section 17 unescorted leave
  • Present with a dual or multiple diagnosis which could include substance misuse and/or personality disorder and/or sexually inappropriate behaviours
  • Those who fail to progress in PICU and who require a locked ward environment to stabilise their mental state
  • Require prolonged detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 owing to a lack of insight into the need for compliance with medication/treatment and who often have a history of 'revolving door' admissions
  • May have a history of involvement in the Criminal Justice System
  • Are stepping-down from medium or low secure services

Hazelwood Ward - Female Specialist Personality Disorder Locked Rehabilitation Service

Admission Criteria

  • Females aged 18 and above who are detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Suffering from a mental disorder
  • Formal diagnosis of Personality Disorder as classified by DSM-IV (or ICD-10) or those service users presenting with personality traits who do not attract a full diagnosis of Personality Disorder
  • Co-morbidity with other disorders such as mood disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and/or substance misuse
  • A history of trauma/abuse
  • People with unproductive and often self-defeating and harmful ways of relating to self and others which has led to chaotic lifestyles
  • History of and potentially continuing substance misuse problems
  • Multiple (revolving door) crisis admissions to local acute services or protracted lengths of stay within local acute services (potentially lasting months or years)
  • A high incidence of risk to self, such as self-harm and/or suicide intent
  • Step down from medium or low secure BPD treatment programme
  • Step up from an acute service or transition from an adolescent ward
  • May have previous involvement with the Criminal Justice System

Oak Ward - Female Locked Rehabilitation and Complex Care

Admission Criteria

  • Females aged 18 and above detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Present with risky behaviour and/or chronic challenging behaviour and who may pose a continuing and ongoing risk to others or themselves
  • Represent a persistent risk of absconding
  • Have an intractable mental state and behavioural issues and who are unlikely to immediately be suitable for Section 17 unescorted leave
  • Present with a dual or multiple diagnosis which could include substance misuse and/or personality disorder and/or sexually inappropriate behaviours
  • Those who fail to progress in PICU and who require a locked ward environment to stabilise their mental state
  • Require prolonged detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 owing to a lack of insight into the need for compliance with medication/treatment and who often have a history of 'revolving door' admissions
  • May have a history of involvement in the Criminal Justice System
  • Are stepping-down from medium or low secure services

Thoburn – Mixed Acute 24/7 Emergency Service

Admission Criteria

  • Males/Females aged 18 and above, either informal or detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Rapid assessment and admission, 24hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Those who fail to engage with local mental health teams and require a period of stabilisation

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