Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead

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Specialist hospital that looks after young people with severe mental health problems and eating disorders

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Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead

Huntercombe Lane South,
Maidenhead SL6 0PQ

Tel: 01628 667 881

Fax: 01628 603 398

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Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead

At Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead we look after young people aged 12 to 18 with severe mental health problems and eating disorders. We're also here for young people who may have been detained under the Mental Health Act  or who have committed crimes.

The hospital is set within large gardens and there are four separate wards.   Kennet ward, for our eating disorder patients, is within the original Manor House.  Our other patients stay in one of three other wards (Tamar, Severn and Thames) which are located in two other buildings in the hospital grounds.

While staying with us, our patients don’t have to worry about missing out on their education because we have a hospital school on-site.

We also work hard to make sure that everyone is looked after beyond their 18th birthday. We work closely with local services so that there is ongoing help and support after our patients leave us. In some cases, we can continue to look after them for up to a year after they turn 18 to make this transition easier.

In October 2017, CQC rated our service at Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead as "good".


Getting here

  • Located in a prime semi-rural location in Berkshire

  • Within 1/2 mile of junction 7 of the M4

  • One mile from Burnham Station which is on the Paddington to Reading mainline route

  • Heathrow Airport is a 20 minutes’ drive away

  • On-site free parking

What's here

  • 29 psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) single rooms, some en-suite

  • 20 beds in our eating disorder unit, a mix of single and double rooms, most en-suite

  • 11 beds in our general adolescent single rooms, some en-suite

  • On-site Ofsted registered Independent Special School

  • Large communal living spaces with flat-screen TVs, Wii, DVD player, DVD library, leisure activities including gym

  • Large, modern kitchens for developing cookery skills in a relaxed environment, on-site chefs who prepare high-quality menus, for meal choices (including vegetarian options)

  • Large secure gardens with all weather sports pitch

While you're here

  • Individual therapy

  • Group work includes psychotherapy groups (using a variety of models), skills-orientated groups, recreational groups, and community groups

  • Education from key stage 3 through to GCSE and A' Levels. Advice given on university applications and CV writing

  • Range of social activities available

Care at Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead

Eating Disorders

We treat both males and females with a diagnosed eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. We aim to return patients to a healthy weight and to change the problem behaviours causing the eating disorder.
We work closely with our families and carers to give our patients the best chance of recovery when they go home.

General CAMHS Service

This service is for young people who have long-standing, complex mental health issues to deal with. These young people need some time in a safe environment with a team experienced in a broad range of mental health problems to work through their issues.

Psychiatric Intensive Care

This is commonly called "PICU". It is a service for young people who are going through a sudden mental health crisis, and who pose a high level of risk to themselves or to other people. These patients usually need immediate inpatient treatment in a safe setting. Patients using this service are detailed under the Mental Health Act.
We work with these patients to draw up a treatment plan aimed at trying to get young people back to life in the outside world. it is not unusual for patients to move into our General CAMHS service for a short time before moving on completely.

What people say about us

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

To Dr Tattersall, Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, understanding and faith.  I think you do an awesome job in helping these young people back on their feet.  Been... Read more >

Staff member

Dr Tattersall is absolutely wonderful.  He has done an amazing job with our daughter and of course all the team have worked really hard. I am so grateful.


My daughter's stay and care at Huntercombe has been excellent.


I just want to thank you all once again for all the support and help you've given me.  I don't know where I'd be mentally if it wasn't for you all.  You've been amazing.

Former patient - Thames ward

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone, especially those who have known me from the start. I wouldn't of come this far without everyone's help and support. I never thought I was... Read more >

Former patient on Severn

I understand it must be extremely difficult managing this young person at the moment and it is a credit to your team to continue facing these challenges on a daily basis

Case Manager

Thank you for a positive admission.  Our daughter was very apprehensive this morning and I know it's going to be hard for her but we are safe in the knowledge she is being given the... Read more >


To Fay, I just wanted to say a humongous, gigantic, special thank you to you! You have been the best, funniest and understanding teacher I have ever had in my whole life.

Former patient

We would like to thank you, the team at Kennet and all the nurses and support workers for your professional care and support that you have given our daughter and us as a family during... Read more >

Family member

In the admission process yesterday, I noticed that all the staff worked incredibly hard, they co-operated and worked together, to act fast enough and efficiently to manage an acutely... Read more >

Referring Doctor

Thank you so much for everything you are doing for our daughter. It's been such a difficult time for all of us and I do appreciate your help. Heartfelt thanks.


To all the lovely staff on Severn ward, Thank you for all the support and making me a stronger person. Thank you for all the time you've spent with me trying to get me back on my feet. ... Read more >

Former patient

We can't thank you all enough for all the support and kind words you have given us over the last three weeks.  You have all made our visits easier under a stressful time for our family...... Read more >


After four admissions and three years of having anorexia, she has had the best care here.  What is particularly unique is the warmth and care that Kennet staff showed in welcoming... Read more >


We are delighted to how well our daughter is progressing. She seems to have come so far in such as short space of time


Am now at medical school and basically life is fab and every time I think how great it is I think of you guys and how I should let you know - wouldn't be here without you all!

Former patient

Huntercombe was the only hospital I have been at that influenced me in a positive way out of all the other ones I have been at.  No matter how hard it was, I can finally see now that... Read more >

Former patient

The fact that my life has changed so drastically never fails to reignite my awareness of how Huntercombe is the reason I didn't slip into nothingness. I keep all of you in my thoughts... Read more >

Former patient

Advice and Support

Families are central to our treatment programmes.

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. There are plenty of opportunities to bring your own personal touches to day to day life here at Maidenhead. We encourage our patients to be as independent as possible.

The Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead team

Our team is led by Alan Malin, Hospital Director, He is supported by experienced consultant psychiatrists and a team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychological therapists, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. We also have a dietitian, a physiotherapist, teachers, social workers and support workers. We liaise with the National Forensic Service for Adolescents when required.

Who we work with

We are part of the QNIC network and work with the Open University for grow your own nurses and with West London University for student nurse placements and Mentorship in Practice development for our nurses.