Priory Hospital Ayr Clinic

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About this location

Based in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, Priory Hospital Ayr Clinic is a low secure service for males and females with a mental health diagnosis and/or a personality disorder. We can support people from all over the UK.

Services at a glance


56 beds, males and females, 18+

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Priory Ayr Clinic Dalmellington Road Ayr KA6 6PT

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Our secure services offer comprehensive support to people with complex mental health needs. We model our service provision on the NHS secure service specification for medium and low secure services, ensuring our patients are given the highest quality of care to enable quick and smooth transitions into local services, wherever possible. We are committed to delivering clinically effective, evidence-based treatment programmes for individuals who require secure care, providing both psychological and physical security.

Ward break down

  • Arran - 12-bedded female ward
  • Belleisle - 12-bedded male ward
  • Lochlea - 12-bedded male and female ward
  • Low Green – 12-bedded male and female
  • Gatehouse – 8-bedded female

Conditions treated

We are able to support people with mental illness and/or a personality disorder. We can also support people with the following challenges alongside their primary diagnosis:

  • Complex mental health needs
  • Behaviours that challenge
  • Severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Psychosis
  • Sexual offending
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma
  • Offending behaviour
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Cognitive impairment

Treatment approaches

At Ayr Clinic, we offer an individualised, person-centred approach to all of our patients. We provide high levels of therapeutic care that is underpinned by evidence-based knowledge, delivered by a highly experienced team. Our individual and group treatment programmes have clearly defined goals and outcomes for those who stay with us. We provide a safe and supportive environment to enable people to recover from sometimes difficult and stressful issues.

Our assessment and treatment options are overseen by a full and diverse multidisciplinary team (MDT).

We offer:

  • Emotional regulation
  • Substance misuse
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Compassion focused therapy (CFT)
  • Trauma treatment
  • Eye movement desensitisation repossessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) (psychosis, personality disorder)
  • Insight therapy
  • Offending focused work
  • Relapse prevention
  • Problem solving skills
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Psycho-education (sleep programme / insight)
  • Social skills training

People within our secure service can stay with us on a short-term or long-term basis.

Our team

Our team consists of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Nursing team, including a primary care nurse
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Support services team

We also provide specialist staff training, including:

  • Personality disorder awareness training
  • Dynamic appraisal of situational aggression (DASA) training
  • DBT awareness training
  • HCR20 awareness training
  • Positive behaviour support training (PBS)
  • Resilience training
  • Boundaries training
  • Trauma informed care and responsiveness training
  • Nursing preceptorship
  • Nursing apprenticeship opportunities

Therapeutic and community-based activities

We offer a range of therapeutic and community-based activities as part of a full treatment programme. We want to support people to become more confident and independent, preparing them to move through their treatment pathway towards community living.

Our therapeutic and community-based activities include:

  • Real work opportunities (shop assistant, shop manager, voluntary work placements, placement at dog rescue, care valeting)
  • Walking groups
  • Sports groups
  • Scottish history groups (leading to visits to famous Scottish landmarks)
  • College courses
  • University courses

Our facilities and environment

We believe that the environment in which treatment takes place is just as important as the treatment itself, when it comes to supporting our patients. We provide:


Kitchen and dining room
Gym facilities


Our garden offers secure fencing, a lawn, shelter and planting areas. We also have specialised equipment within the hospital, including safer rooms, for people to use.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are single-occupancy and have an en-suite bathroom. Patients are encouraged to personalise their bedrooms while they are staying with us. We provide:


Anti-ligature furniture
Safe rooms
Windows with a view
Some rooms that are wheelchair-accessible with wet rooms


Exclusion profile

  • People under the age of 18
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (primary diagnosis)
  • Informal patients


Priory’s network of high quality facilities enables us to offer joined-up care pathways with our dedicated residential services. We offer programmes that integrate healthcare treatment and therapy, which are tailored according to individual needs, in an appropriate setting. Our strength is that we can provide a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency services. Ayr Clinic offers specialised secure step-down facilities to enable people to continue their recovery journey, maintain good mental health, and promote social inclusion and skills for a sustainable discharge from secure services.

Ayr Clinic offers specialised step-down facilities to enable people to continue their recovery journey, maintain good mental health, and to promote social inclusion and skills for a sustainable discharge into community living. People staying at the hospital could also go on to benefit from our specialist secure services care pathway. We can offer step-down/repatriation pathways into Priory Healthcare and Priory Adult Care. We have a relationship with Priory Hospital Suttons Manor, which provides support for older, more vulnerable patients, who may require a slower-paced environment and more specialist care. We also have a strong relationship with Priory Supported Living Scotland.

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Ayr Clinic is located close to a variety of amenities, including:

  • Local park
  • Shops and café
  • Library
  • College
  • Community groups
  • Sports and swimming centre
  • Beach
  • Local volunteer schemes
  • B&Bs/hotels

Transport links

It also has excellent transport links, including:

  • Local bus/train station
  • Ayr town centre located 3 miles away

A message from our site leader

We believe your stay with us will be a positive one that helps you on your road to recovery. We don’t underestimate your challenges, but we can meet those challenges together.

Ayr Clinic site leader

Comments from our patients and their family and friends

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Information for family and friends

How do home visits work?

The hospital team will organise all elements of home visits. These can be dependent on the needs and risks of the people staying with us and their family.

What is your visitation policy?

We actively promote visiting by family and friends. Due to the distance people have to travel to the hospital, we are flexible on the times during the week and are open to visits at the weekend. Due to the secure setting, we have vetting processes which need to be followed and therefore, we ask that visits are planned in advance.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with my loved one’s care and wellbeing?

We encourage regular involvement of family members in treatment progress meetings, either in person or virtually.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

We carry out individual risk assessments for smart phones but everyone staying with us has access to a phone to stay in touch with family and friends. Dependent on risk, patient may be supervised during calls.

What type of things are families expected to provide, and what is provided by the home?

Please bring toiletries. This would be risk assessed and discussed which each individual patient prior to admission.

What are the bedrooms like?

All of our bedrooms are furnished, and residents are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. They are all single person, en-suite rooms.

Are external doors kept locked?

All of our external doors are locked. However, every person staying with us will be individually assessed for any risks to see what security is needed.

What do service users eat and how do meal times work?

We serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Patient’s may be offered cooking sessions by our OT team and snacks are permitted but not provided. People staying with us are asked to eat in the dining area as a security measure.

How does laundry work?

Each ward and area have their own laundry facilities for people to wash and dry their own clothes.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

The following items are prohibited at Ayr Clinic:

  • Alcohol
  • Blu Tack (or equivalent substances)
  • Candles and incense
  • Cigarette lighters/matches
  • Explosives, including fireworks
  • Toxic and poisonous substances, such as illicit drugs, legal highs, psychoactive substances and poisons, for example, sodium nitrite/nitrate
  • High caffeine drinks, for example, energy drinks
  • Knives - excluding cutlery provided and managed by staff
  • Magnets
  • Mouthwash
  • Non-prescribed medication
  • Razors (cut throat)
  • Solvents/glue (although these may be used under supervision as part of therapy)
  • Stilettos, heeled footwear, steel toe cap boots
  • Tin foil
  • Weapons or replica weapons
  • Wire coat hangers

The following items are restricted at Ayr Clinic:

  • Adhesive tape of any kind
  • Aerosol containers
  • Bath oil/bubble bath
  • Batteries, including lithium batteries
  • Cans and tins
  • Charging cables
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping devices
  • Curling tongs, hair straighteners and hair dryers
  • Dental floss
  • False nails
  • Glass and metal nail files
  • Glass bottles
  • Herbal remedies
  • Hot water bottles
  • Mirrors
  • Mobile phones, SIM cards and smart devices with access to the internet and/or a recording/camera facility
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail polish remover
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Plastic bags for personal use e.g. carrier bags
  • Razors (bladed)
  • Scissors
  • Sharp and pointed items e.g. sewing and knitting needles, pins
  • Shower sponge puff (mesh)
  • Wireless ear buds
  • Wooden coat hangers
  • Wire bound books
  • Wool/string

The following clothing may also need to be restricted, depending on the patient’s risk assessment:

  • Belts
  • Clothing with belt loops
  • Clothing with draw strings
  • Dressing gown cords
  • Hoodies
  • Shoelaces
  • Scarves
  • Tights
  • Dressing gown cords
  • Leggings
  • Underwear

Are pets allowed?

No, unfortunately we do not allow live-in pets at Ayr Clinic.

How do activities work?

All patients have an individualised activity programme, tailored to their needs.

Do service users and families have an input into the service user’s care plans?

The expectations of family members are always taken into consideration. They are included in our six monthly care programme approach (CPA) meetings and individual care reviews.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is lots of free car parking on-site.

What is the smoking policy? Can service users buy cigarettes?

Ayr Clinic is a non-smoking site. Smoking cessation support tools can be provided, for example, nicotine patches.

How is treatment accessed and funded?

We do not take referrals directly from individuals and families. All referral are made by the local authority NHS service.

How to make a referral

Our customer service centre provides 24/7 support for NHS mental health enquiries and referrals. Our customer referral co-ordinators can support you from your first call right through to the enquiry conclusion, providing updates throughout the process. We offer 24/7 crisis referrals, fast access to bed availability and placements, and a single access point for end-to-end enquiry management.

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