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

Our daughter is doing well at college, taking her driving test, planning to go on holiday and planning to work part-time.  She appears very happy and relaxed.  She is like a new person.

Parent of former patient

Your team has saved our daughter's life. We are so very grateful.


I will be discharged this month and this place has helped me more than anywhere else.  The staff really care about you and the atmosphere is positive.  This is the best I have felt in years.


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 Nick Prentice-Harrison, 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.