Priory Hospital Lincolnshire

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About this location

Located in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Priory Hospital Lincolnshire is a low secure unit for males with mental health conditions. It offers support to those who are detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA).

Services at a glance


28 beds, male, 18+

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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

  • Lancaster – 14-bedded ward for adult males, who require support to decrease their levels of behaviours that challenge
  • Scampton – 14-bedded ward providing continuing care, with a focus on rehabilitation, community reintegration and preparing the person to move further along the care pathway, or to community living

Conditions treated

We are able to support people with:

  • Complex mental health needs
  • Behaviours that challenge
  • Severe and enduring mental health needs
  • Psychosis

We can also support people with the following challenges alongside their primary diagnosis:

  • Personality disorders
  • A mild learning disability

Treatment approaches

At Priory Hospital Lincolnshire, we offer an individualised, person-centred approach to all of our patients.

Our aim is to stabilise their mental state, reduce the risks they present with, including violence, and support them to function within a rehabilitation setting in the community.

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

We offer:

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • Occupational therapy (OT)
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

We are also accredited with the Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services (QNFMHS).

People within our service tend to stay with us between 12 to 24 months.

Our team

Our full time, specialist MDT consists of:

  • Consultant forensic psychiatrist
  • Occupational therapist (OT)
  • Social worker
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Multi-skilled nursing team
  • Activity co-ordinators

We also provide specialist staff training, including:

  • Mental health training for nursing staff
  • Learning disability training for nursing staff
  • Meeting needs for onward placement

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:

  • Cooking
  • Functional walking groups
  • Community engagement
  • Computer access
  • Indoor games, including pool and table tennis
  • Painting and drawing

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
Games room
Gym facilities
Quiet room
Spacious outdoor grounds
Patient shop
Multi-faith room
IT facilities
Well-equipped activities room


Our garden offers secure fencing, a patio area with furniture, a lawn, shelter, football pitch and planting areas. We also have specialised equipment within the hospital, such bean bags, 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. Our three safe bedrooms also have their own TV. We provide:


Anti-ligature furniture
Safe rooms
Windows with a view


Exclusion profile

  • People under the age of 18
  • People with a primary diagnosis of autism
  • People assessed as being too high risk, potentially requiring a medium secure environment
  • People with a primary diagnosis of a learning disability


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.

We support the people who are staying with us to start planning their discharge to rehabilitation services or into the community, from the start of their admission.

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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 Lincolnshire is located close to a variety of amenities, including:

  • Local horse riding
  • Cinema
  • Swimming pool
  • Local towns and tourist attractions
  • Beach

Transport links

It also has excellent transport links, including:

  • Local bus/train station
  • 15-minute drive to Gainsborough

A message from our site leader

Priory Hospital Lincolnshire has a great reputation with the regional NHS team for the planning and positive outcomes we have achieved for our patients. Our programmes and real life work experience programme has resulted in successful discharges from our hospital

Priory Hospital Lincolnshire site leader

Information for family and friends

How do home visits work?

We help to arrange home visits based on risk assessment, and actively pursue them through individual care plans.

What is your visitation policy?

We are flexible with visiting, subject to risk assessments being carried out.

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

Yes, we make every effort to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. However, there might be times when the person staying with us does not want family members to visit.

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

People staying with us may be allowed to use a mobile phone on the ward, subject to a risk assessment. People are also able to use the ward telephone.

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

We provide all furnishings, bedding and food on-site. Patients just need to bring their own personal belongings with them, as long as this doesn’t include any items on the banned and restricted list.

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 have set mealtimes that cater to the requirements of the people staying with us.

How does laundry work?

People are expected to complete their own laundry while they are staying with us, except their bedding, which will be washed by the staff team.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

We have a restricted and prohibited items list, which is reviewed and updated regularly. This can be seen on request.

Are pets allowed?

Patients are allowed to have their pets come to visit.

How do activities work?

Everyone staying with us has an individualised activities programme, created by the MDT. This is updated weekly.

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

All of the people staying with us and their families/friends are invited to have an input into the care plans.

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 Lincolnshire is a non-smoking site. However, vaping is allowed in the grounds.

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.

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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