Ashley House Hospital

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At Ashley House, we look after men and women with mental health problems and learning difficulties.

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Ashley House Hospital

Eldertree Lane,
Market Drayton,
Stoke-on-Trent TF9 4LX

Tel: 01630 673800

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Ashley House Hospital

Some patients come here because they may pose a risk to themselves or other people, or because they have a history of criminal offending. Some have been detained under the Mental Health Act. Most of our patients live in locked wards.

We provide a safe environment for people to recover and rehabilitate at their own pace. Some of your treatment will be one-to-one, other therapies work best in groups. We also put a lot of effort into reducing the risk of relapse.

Our aim is to help patients move to a less restrictive environment as soon as they can– and, where appropriate, to move back into the community.

We have given a lot of thought to the design and layout of our hospital which is why many of the wards face onto a pretty landscaped garden area with a residential rather than hospital feel.

We have three distinct patient pathways here at Ashley House.  Please click on the following link for more information:

Our pathways

In September 2017, CQC rated our service at Ashley House as "good".

"Staff demonstrated a positive, caring attitude towards patients.  Staff interacted with patients in a caring compassionate way" (CQC  September 2017)


Getting here

  • Five minute drive to little village of Ashley, with 17th century church

  • Market Drayton, Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme all a short drive away

  • Easy road access via M6, junction 15

  • Stoke on Trent station is 11 miles away

  • Manchester International Airport and East Midlands International Airport, both a 50 minute drive away

  • On site free parking

What's here

  • 39 beds (25 low secure, 14 locked) for men and women aged 18+

  • Well-equipped gym, indoor sports hall for badminton and basketball

  • Games room with table tennis and a pool table

  • Patient-run shop and a well-stocked library, as well as wifi for patients

  • Pretty garden area, an all-weather football pitch, and the chance to do some gardening if you wish

  • Multi-media centre

While you're here

  • Individual and group-based physical, therapeutic and learning activities to build self-esteem

  • Extensive activities programme

  • Minibus for outings and appointments

Care at Ashley House Hospital

Low secure

"Low secure" is the term given to a service that provides a high level of physical security.
Our low secure service at Ashley House is for adults with severe and often life-long mental health disorders or learning disabilities. Our patients are detained under the Mental Health Act as they are considered either a risk to themselves or to others.
At Ashley House, we have created an environment that helps our patients learn how to cope with and manage their difficulties so that they can hopefully move on to a less restrictive environment.
There are four low secure wards at Ashley House, all of which sit inside a high perimeter fence. It is not uncommon for patients to move into one of our locked rehab wards before moving on.

Locked Rehab

Our two locked rehab wards are located outside the main perimeter fence. Our Willowbridge ward is a "locked" rehabilitation service for women and our Oakley ward is suitable for men with Autism. The aim is to encourage individuals to live independently and to join in with community activities. We help our patients improve their social skills so that they can build good relationships with others.

Who we treat

We look after both men and women with any of the following:
A learning disability
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Mental illness
Post traumatic stress disorder
Forensic history
An increase in risky behaviours such as absconding, self harm, suicide attempts, arson, violence and aggression
Communication difficulties

What people say about us

Reviews of our approach and how we've helped our patients

The team are very professional, hard working and have a very person centred approach to all of the patients.

January 2017

Ashley House is great, we get to do good activities.

January 2017

Ashley House is the best hospital, fantastic staff, great help, full trust.

January 2017

Oakley Ward team are very professional, hard-working and have very person-centred approach to all of the patients on the ward.

Patient's family
December 2016

Ashley House Hospital is the best hospital, fantastic staff, great help, full trust.

December 2016

Staff all very welcoming, caring and no problem too big to solve.

Former patient
December 2016

Advice and Support

Independence and choice

There are plenty of opportunities to bring your own personal touches to day to day life here at Ashley House. We encourage our patients to be as independent as possible. We like it when families are actively involved in a loved one’s care, helping us to set the right goals for a patient each step of the way.

The Ashley House Hospital team

The hospital is run by Alan Malin. He is supported by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, teachers, therapists and support workers.