Referrals and admissions

Priory has mental health services across the country, for patients requiring secure and safe care; including those under Ministry of Justice restrictions. We are able to provide care and treatment for patients which progresses their recovery towards community placement.  We accept referrals for:

  • Remand/sentenced prisoners with a history of offending
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Service users detained under the Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Enduring mental illness
  • Mental illness combined with physical illness/frailty
  • Personality disorders and borderline personality disorders
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Forensic addictions
  • Acute psychoses
  • Learning disabilities
  • Substance misuse
  • Elderly/frail patients with forensic histories
  • Service users exhibiting behaviours which challenge

Priory accepts referrals from a variety of public sector and independent organisations throughout the UK. These include high secure hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, courts, medium secure units (MSUs), social services and the police. More specifically we accept referrals from, NHS E Area Teams, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) specialist mental health service commissioners, Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT’s), and other specialist mental health services.

Assessment and admission

Free assessments can be carried out by a senior clinician usually within 24 hours and often on the same day. Same day admission can be facilitated and we can assist with transferring the patient if required. All our hospitals have specific admission criteria relevant to the service and support that they offer. Further information on our secure hospitals please click on the link below:

Referral management

Patients and their carers are at the forefront of all that we plan and do and we ensure that admission to our hospitals is as comfortable and informative as possible. Our patients are made aware of hospital procedures, regulations and expected conduct and will be allocated a fellow patient as a ‘buddy’ on arrival to assist with initial orientation to the unit. Pre-admission visits to our services are encouraged whenever possible.

We are able to accept referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Urgent or out of hours appointments and admissions can be arranged immediately by telephoning the appropriate hospital directly. A referral can be made by telephone, email, via our on-line referral form, or in writing to the Priory enquiries office which will process the referral with the appropriate hospital.