Priory Hospital Chelmsford - NHS Services
Priory Hospital Chelmsford was opened in 1992 and since then, has established an excellent reputation for providing high standards of treatment for a diverse range of mental health conditions.
Chelmsford is one of the UK’s leading mental health treatment centres and is rated by former patients for its excellence, dedication, commitment to individuals, as well as producing outstanding treatment outcomes.
Chelmsford works in partnership with the NHS to provide expert care and treatment for patients who need support in the following areas:
- Adult acute mental health
- Adult eating disorders
- Child and adolescent mental health
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.
Across all services, our flexible and patient-centred treatment programmes are developed by an expert team of psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychologists and therapists. This multidisciplinary approach allows for a package of holistic care, ensuring the patient is a part of the planning process throughout their treatment.
Adult acute mental health
Chelmsford’s acute service aims to achieve minimum lengths of stay by providing an extension to NHS care pathways during times of fluctuating demand. Our team works closely with referring Trusts and we work collaboratively with discharge teams, to ensure a smooth transition back into existing community services, or to an individual’s home where possible.
The service is split across two wards:
- Danbury – 12-bedded mixed-gender unit
- Chelmer – 16-bedded mixed-gender unit
Danbury is a purpose-built ward made up of safer rooms and a private outdoor area suitable for managing the risk of absconsion. All activities and meals take place on the ward itself, which ensures a safe and secure environment for individuals in need of close attention and care.
Chelmer Ward offers a less restrictive environment, where patients can have meals and attend therapy off the ward, whilst providing a safe and secure setting for treatment and care.
Our NHS patients have access to occupational therapy, led by a senior occupational therapist, who is supported by an occupational therapy assistant.
Adult eating disorders
Springfield Ward is a 12-bedded unit which provides care to males and females aged 18 years and above. Our aim is to work in collaboration with the patients and their families to help the patient reach a healthy body weight that enables them to manage daily activities of living in their own environment.
We offer robust group programmes that include psychoeduction, emotional regulation, and activities involving cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). There is also the opportunity to take part in one-to-one therapy at Chelmsford, along with family therapy.
Our eating disorder unit has access to a full time dietitian who works as part of a multidisciplinary team within a comfortable, friendly and understanding environment.
Child and adolescent mental health
Chelmsford’s 17- bedded child and adolescent service is registered to care for 10 - 17 year olds with an aim of providing effective and timely treatment to enable the young person to reintegrate back into the community. Our models of care are tailored to the unique needs of each young person, to achieve the positive outcomes we strive for.
The team offers a full range of therapy, led by a clinical psychologist. Treatment includes dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), CBT, family therapy and occupational therapy. We also have a comprehensive educational programme led by a team of teachers.
The service is split over two wards and has a classroom, quite room and a lounge on each floor.
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