Cedar House

We look after people with mental health disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism and complex needs

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Cedar House

Cedar House Hospital,
Dover Road,
Canterbury CT4 6PW

Tel: 01227 833700


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Cedar House Hospital

At Cedar House, we look after men and women with mental health disorders, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and complex needs.

In a tranquil part of east Kent, near Canterbury, we offer a therapeutic and supportive environment for patients to rehabilitate at their own pace in the least restrictive setting for their needs.

Our low-secure site is split into bungalows and houses on spacious grounds, with a dedicated service for women and a specialist unit for men who have offending behaviours. Some of our patients may be detained under the Mental Health Act and some may have a criminal history.

Also within the grounds is Poplar House, a transitional service for those moving on from a low-secure setting, but with the reassurance of continued care from our team. We aim to help patients move to less-restrictive environments as soon as they are able and support them in getting back into the community.

Getting here

  • Set in a rural location just off the A2 (9 miles from Canterbury and 11 miles from Dover)

  • Nearest train station is Snowdown on Southeastern services

  • 15-minute bus ride from Canterbury Bus Station

  • Gatwick International Airport, an hour and 15 minute drive away

  • On-site free parking

What's here

  • 40 bedrooms in five purpose-built bungalows and houses

  • Games room, gymnasium and outdoor sports hard court

  • Education and therapy centre

  • Attractive gardens with horticultural areas

While you are here

  • Daily therapeutic activities

  • Community access and supported work programmes

  • Close links with local professional groups and forums and the local university

  • Achieve recognised academic qualifications

Care at Cedar House

Low Secure

"Low secure" is the term given to a service that provides a high level of physical security.
Our low secure service at Cedar House is for adults with severe and often life-long mental health conditions or learning disabilities. Our patients are detained under the Mental Health Act as they are considered a risk to either themselves or to others.
At Cedar 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.

Transitional service

Poplar House is a building on our hospital site where patients can experience living independently before moving on completely. Whilst staying at Poplar House they can still meet with the clinical team when they need help and support.

Who we treat

We look after men and women with any of the following:
A learning disability
A mental illness such as personality disorder
Autistic Spectrum conditions
Complex needs

Some patients may have a forensic history.

Advice and Support

Working together is best

We believe that working together is best. We listen and respond to our patients, their carers, families and other professionals throughout a patient’s care, from initial assessment through to regular risk assessment, relapse prevention and ongoing care. We encourage independence in everyday life, and as all our patients’ care and treatment is unique to them, length of stay will vary.

The Cedar House team

We have a dynamic, highly-skilled team of consultants, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, support workers, occupational therapists and education staff, who are all selected for their professionalism and integrity.

Who we work with

We work with the RCPsych Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services