Priory Hospital Dewsbury

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About this location

Based in the residential area of Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Priory Hospital Dewsbury provides 32 beds, divided into two 16-bed wards for male patients who have mental health disorders. We also offer neuropsychiatry support, support for older people and dementia, community-focused rehabilitation, and support for severe and enduring mental health.

Services at a glance

Rehabilitation and recovery (R&R)

32 beds, male, 18+

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Priory Hospital Dewsbury York Road Earlsheaton Dewsbury WF12 7LB

We take the safety and experience of our patients and residents extremely seriously. We have completed our action plan addressing all the areas of concern raised by our regulators.

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Our comprehensive rehabilitation services provide support for people with complex mental health needs. We align our services with the recommendations of the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH), ensuring our patients are given the highest quality care to enable an appropriate transition back home or into community services, wherever possible.

Ward break down

  • Jubilee Ward - 16-bedded unit for males with neuro-cognitive disorders and presenting with neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • Hartley Ward - 16-bedded, high dependency inpatient rehabilitation ward for males with multiple or severe co-morbid conditions, significant risk histories and behaviours that challenge

Conditions treated

We can support people with:

  • Severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Physical disabilities
  • Sexual offending
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Dementia

We can also support people who present with a mild learning disability alongside their primary diagnosis.

We are able to support informal patients, or those detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) or under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Treatment approaches

At Dewsbury, we offer an individualised, person-centred approach to all of our patients, aiming to improve patient dignity and autonomy.

Our focus is on:

  • Thorough, ongoing assessment
  • Maximising benefits from medication
  • Engagement
  • Reducing behaviours that challenge
  • Re-engaging with families and communities

All admissions are carried out by relevant members of the senior management team (SMT), usually a senior nurse and a consultant psychiatrist. The assessments can be carried out face to face or remotely. We aim to make a decision on suitability for admission within 24 hours of carrying out the assessment.

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

We offer:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy (OT)
  • Mindfulness

Jubilee Ward offers assessment and treatment, through to end-of-life care. The length of stay for people on Hartley Ward depends on individual needs, ranging from a few months to several years.

Our team

Our team consists of:

  • Consultant psychiatrists
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist (OT)
  • Nurses
  • On-site physical health nurse

We also provide staff training, including specialist dementia training for staff on Jubilee Ward.

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:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Trips out, where possible
  • Music afternoons
  • Themed food evenings

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 high fencing in line with guidelines, a lawn area, a shelter, sensory items and planting areas. We also have specialised equipment within the hospital, such as sensory rooms and sensory lighting, 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:


Windows with a view
Wheelchair access


Exclusion profile

People under the age of 18.


Priory’s network of high quality facilities enables us to offer joined-up care pathways with our dedicated residential services. We offer programmes which 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.

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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


Priory Hospital Dewsbury is located close to a variety of amenities, including:

  • GP surgery
  • Park
  • Local shops and cafes
  • Nearby town
  • Library

Transport links

It also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A local bus station
  • A train station located 1 mile away
  • A short drive away from M1 and M62 motorways

A message from our site leader

Your family member will receive the highest standard of care and treatment that will enable them to fulfil their full potential under the least restrictive environment

Priory Hospital Dewsbury site leader

Comments from our patients and their family and friends

I would like to express thanks from my family and myself for the amazing care given to my husband in his final days. He was treated with constant care and sincere affection at all times
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Information for family and friends

How do home visits work?

Home visits can be arranged through a request to the MDT.

What is your visitation policy?

Relatives, friends and carers can visit throughout the week, both on and off the ward. This can be arranged by calling the ward.

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

We aim to involve family and carers in all aspects of the care and treatment of the person staying with us. We will speak to you about how often and what method of communication you would like to receive about your loved one. We provide monthly newsletters with updates about what people have been doing during their stay with us.

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

Family, friends and carers can contact the wards at any time, by telephone, to speak to their loved one. Each ward has a cordless phone which can be used in private. People staying on Hartley Ward are supported to have their own mobile phone, where appropriate.

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

Every bedroom is furnished with a bed, wardrobe, drawers and a chair. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities. Jubilee Ward may have additional aids to help your family member, for example, toilet frames. Meals are provided by the on-site kitchen and catering department. We do not provide clothing, however, we are happy to support people to purchase their own.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished, and people staying with us are supported to personalise them to suit their needs and wishes. However, some of the furniture has been purchased to suit the needs of the service specification and some of it is fitted, and therefore cannot be removed.

Are external doors kept locked?

All external doors are locked at the service for the safety of those staying with us. 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?

All meals are freshly prepared by the hospital catering team. As well as set meals, snacks are available throughout the day. Any special dietary requirements are catered for.

How does laundry work?

All patients' clothing is laundered on-site.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

The service has a restricted item policy for the safety of the patients.

Are pets allowed?

The hospital does not allow pets but does have therapy dogs, who visit the service, and go out with patients on walks.

How do activities work?

We host a number of activities on the ward to support and engage patients. These include arts and crafts, trips out where possible, music afternoons and themed food evenings.

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

We work with people staying with us, their families and professionals involved in their care to develop care plans which are in their best interests.

What are the car parking facilities?

There is free car parking on-site.

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

Priory Hospital Dewsbury is a non-smoking site, but patients are allowed to vape.

How is treatment accessed and funded?

We don’t take referrals directly from individuals and families. Instead, the first step will be for you to reach out to the person’s GP so that they can be referred and funded through the correct NHS channel. Depending on the type of support needed, this could include local authority funding, NHS funding, joint funding between the local authority and NHS, or direct payments. Please note, referrals for NHS or local authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.


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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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