Treatment tailored to your needs

The Priory Hospital Bristol

Heath House LaneStapletonBristolAvonBS16 1EQ

Tel.0117 952 5255

Fax.0117 952 5552

The Priory Hospital Bristol

The Priory Hospital Bristol (incorporating The Priory Grange Bristol) is an independent hospital, specialising in the management and treatment of acute and complex mental health problems.

The range of services include treatment for people suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and addictions, alongside longer term care for degenerative disorders such as early on-set dementia or other types of brain injury. The hospital opened in 1994 and has established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of care. The site is located on the outskirts of Bristol, close to the M32 and within easy access of the M4 and M5 motorways

Acute mental health treatment

Our experienced team of mental health professionals and support staff have the expertise and experience to treat most psychiatric conditions. These include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive states, schizophrenia and all major acute psychiatric illnesses.

For people suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety, the hospital provides a range of outpatient/day patient based therapy services such as individual and group based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). For those people requiring inpatient care for more severe psychiatric illness such as depression, psychotic illness or eating disorders, there are residential facilities for 29 patients.

Addictions treatment programme

The service specialises in addiction treatment for substance and behavioural dependency, such as alcohol, drugs (illegal and prescription), gambling, sex and relationships, internet, food, shopping, work and exercise.

The inpatient addiction treatment programme includes:

  • FREE ASSESSMENT: giving you the opportunity to discuss the problem in more detail without obligation. Click here to arrange a free assessment.
  • FREE AFTERCARE: two sessions are available weekly following completion of treatment.
  • FAMILY SUPPORT SESSIONS: are available for partners, family, etc, both during and post treatment.

Contact us to find out more

To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry or click here to arrange a free addictions assessment.

Free Addictions Assessment

The Priory is pleased to offer you a free confidential assessment for all addictions.

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Eating disorder treatment services

The eating disorder service provides effective programmes for the successful treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating and other related conditions. The specially developed eating disorders programme focuses on the psychological, social, behavioural and physical sides of the illness. Our day care service provides treatment tailored to the needs of the individual. The programme involves assistance in re-establishing an appropriate relationship with food, education as to the nature and consequences of eating disorders and guidance in helping people to identify personally with this information.

Quality Network for Eating Disorders

Complex care

Treatment is available within a purpose built facility (formerly The Priory Grange Bristol) for adults aged 18+ with severe and enduring mental health problems, whose primary need is their mental healthcare and management. Additionally, many of our patients have other issues such as chronic physical conditions, learning disabilities, organic degenerative disorders – such as early on-set dementia and Huntington's disease or other types of brain injury.

We offer a rehabilitation pathway/palliative care or longer term care for adults with severe and enduring mental illness - often with behaviours that challenge and other complex needs. We provide intensive, highly flexible care programmes in safe caring environments for needs that cannot be met within conventional hospitals or care homes or for those looking to step down from secure services, including those detained under the Mental Health Act (with or without Ministry of Justice restrictions). Our aim is ensure optimum quality of life for our residents within the limitations posed by their illnesses.

Our Services

Our Specialists

Dr David Scull

Dr David Scull

Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist - Adult
The Priory Hospital Bristol (staff)

Dr Paul Dedman

Dr Paul Dedman

Consultant Psychiatrist - Adult
The Priory Hospital Bristol (staff)

Dr. Georgina Gould

Dr. Georgina Gould

Therapy Services Manager - Chartered Psychologist
The Priory Hospital Bristol (staff)

Dr. Jon van Niekerk

Dr. Jon van Niekerk

Medical Director/Consultant Psychiatrist
The Priory Hospital Bristol (staff)

Peter Neilson

Peter Neilson

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
The Priory Hospital Bristol (staff)

Dr Dave Barker

Dr Dave Barker

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist - Adult
The Priory Hospital Bristol (visiting)


Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

Acute mental health - referrals and admissions

The majority of referrals made to a Priory hospital are through a patient's GP. A referral can be made by telephone, in writing, via email or via fax to the hospital's admission department, who will then pass these details on to the relevant consultant.

If you would like to make an outpatient appointment with a specific consultant, please call 0117 952 5255. For further details of our specialist treatment programmes or for a list of staff and visiting consultants, together with their areas of special interests, please call the admissions team on 0117 952 5255 or fax 0117 952 5552.

Corporate and occupational health

Any company wishing to make a referral, or member of staff wishing to be admitted to a Priory hospital, will need to be referred by their company occupational health doctor. Where an occupational health nurse has been the employee's point of contact they should liaise with the company doctor to arrange a referral, if this is required.

Complex care - referrals and admissions

The Priory Hospital Bristol offers a comprehensive and rapid response to referrals offering assessments within seven days throughout the United Kingdom. To discuss a potential referral or to obtain further information, please call 0117 952 7500 or fax on 0117 952 7527.

Admissions criteria:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • Complex and/or multiple diagnosis
  • May have a forensic background
  • Likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act with or without Ministry of Justice restrictions
  • Conditions associated with degenerative disorders such Huntington's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and early-onset dementia
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Personality disorder
  • Palliative care
  • National catchment area
  • Re-adjusting to community life
  • Require a locked environment but not low secure

Complex care treatment programmes

Our clinical programmes are evaluated regularly and take into account the psychological, physical, social, spiritual and therapeutic needs of the individual. High quality care is delivered through an interdisciplinary team approach, led by our consultant neuro-psychiatrist. Programmes include:

  • Flexible care reflecting individual patient needs
  • De-escalation and management of aggression
  • Nursing interventions for all levels of dependency
  • Ongoing assessment to monitor and respond to changing needs and levels of functioning
  • Individual and group therapy programme
  • OT therapies
  • Reflexology
  • Speech and language therapy

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Quality and regulation

The Priory Hospital Bristol is continually monitored by the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission and benchmarked against the National Service Framework. Where recommendations are indicated, Priory takes immediate action and aims to meet and exceed the highest standards of care. For further information on the Priory's commitment to quality, please click here

Environment and facilities

The environment we create for patients is as important as the treatment itself. To this end, each patient has the privacy of their own comfortable bedroom, with television, telephone and en-suite facilities. Patients are encouraged to have their meals in the main dining room, which offers excellent choice of dishes. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

Multidisciplinary team

A wide range of specialist assessments, treatments and care regimes are available on site and adapted to meet the many and differing needs of our patients. The wards are staffed with qualified psychiatric (RMN) nurses and qualified general nurses (RGN) to meet the needs of our complex patients. 

In addition the team also includes: Consultant neuro-psychiatrists, a dietician, nursing staff, a physiotherapist, a Psychologist, medical officer, speech and language therapist, advocacy, activities co-ordinators, an occupational therapist and a GP service. When required the following services are also available: Aromatherapy, chaplaincy, chiropody and optical and hearing assessments.

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