Priory Hospital Bristol - NHS Services
Located within a secluded area of Bristol, Priory Hospital Bristol offers a tranquil setting in extensive grounds where patients are supported to lead a healthier and more fulfilling way of life.
Continued support during the COVID-19 outbreak
Medical Director, Rachel Harland, talks to us about the changes that have taken place at site, to keep staff and patients safe, happy and comfortable during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We provide expert care and treatment within the following services:
- Acute mental health
- Rehabilitation and recovery
- Adult eating disorders
- Psychiatric intensive care unit
Focus on Safety
Our absolute priority is to make sure we operate safe and effective services 24/7 and that all staff understand what is required of them to make that happen. Click here to read more.
Acute mental health
At Bristol we provide personalised and recovery-focused treatment programmes across three mixed-gender wards:
- Redcliffe Unit – 13-bedded ward
- Blackwell Unit – 11-bedded ward
- Walter – 10-bedded ward
Our tailored therapy programmes include group-based activity and one-to-one therapy and specialist therapy includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), psycho-educational workshops and assertiveness.
Our comprehensive treatment programmes ensure patients have access to every resource they need to make a strong recovery, returning to a positive and productive life.
Rehabilitation and recovery
Our rehabilitation and recovery service is a 19-bedded unit split across two specialist wards:
- Oak Lodge – 10-bedded, female-only ward, supporting patients with neurodegenerative brain disorders such as dementia or Huntington's disease
- Hillside – 9-bedded, mixed-gender service for those with conditions such as schizophrenia, personality disorders and neurodegenerative disorder
Both wards offer a rehabilitation pathway/palliative care or longer-term care for adults with severe and enduring mental illness, often with behaviours that challenge. Our intensive and highly flexible care programmes are provided within a safe and caring environment tending to needs that cannot be met within conventional hospitals or care homes.
We also care 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 patients, within the limitations posed by their illnesses.
Adult eating disorders
Based on our 10-bedded Lotus Ward, our eating disorder service is for males and females aged 18 years and above and it provides effective programmes for the successful treatment of:
- Binge eating
- Other related conditions
We focus on the psychological, social, behavioural and physical sides of the illness. The programme involves assistance in re-establishing an appropriate relationship with food, education on the nature and consequences of eating disorders, and guidance in helping people to identify personally with this information.
Specialist therapy for eating disorders includes body image workshops and assertiveness therapy.
We recognise the importance of an individualised care pathway designed to provide a safe but supportive and structured environment, tailored to the differing needs and experiences of each patient.
Psychiatric intensive care
Purdown Ward is a 10-bedded male ward for patients who require urgent admission into a structured environment to manage their mental health needs. The ward provides large spacious single gender accommodation, therapy and activity space, with open access to fresh air via the secure gardens. The ward has access to seclusion facilities should it be necessary.
Typical lengths of stay vary, and are dependent upon individual need and response to treatment. The focus is to move patients to the least restrictive environment once mental state and behaviour have stabilised. We continually liaise with local NHS services to ensure that there is the effective transition of care on discharge or transfer.
The services would be suitable for:
- Males aged 18 years or over in need of psychiatric intensive care who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
- Individuals with a wide range of mental health conditions in need of rapid assessment and admission, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
- Individuals at risk of violence and aggression, whose behaviour may be unpredictable
- Those who present signiﬁcant and continued risk to themselves or others, and who have a high absconsion risk in non-secure acute settings
- Patients may be admitted from A&E, acute services, other PICUs, police custody, community services and the community
Enquiries and Referrals
For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre on 0800 090 1356. Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry form
Priory is ready to take emergency placements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult acute mental health, adult eating disorders, CAMHS and PICU. To make a referral please call us on