Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

A tranquil environment for recuperation and recovery

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Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

Ivetsey Bank,
Wheaton Aston,
Stafford ST19 9QT

Tel: 01785 840000 

Fax: 01785 842 192

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Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

At Huntercombe Hospital Stafford, we offer children and young people with mental health needs a tranquil environment where they can recuperate and recover.

Set in an old country manor house on well-maintained grounds, we have three units to look after children and young people with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia; other complex mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder and self-harm; and we have a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) for those who require specialist treatment and have been admitted under the Mental Health Act. We also have on-site education from key stage 3 through to GCSE and A levels, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on school.



Getting here

  • Set in a rural location close to Stafford

  • Located on the A5 just a few miles from junction 12 of the M6

  • Telford and Stafford train stations both close by

  • Birmingham International Airport, half hour drive away

  • On-site free parking

What's here

  • Safe and secure facilities, with CCTV

  • 39 beds in three units – a general unit, an eating disorders unit and a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)

  • On site Ofsted Registered Independent Specialist School

  • Occupational therapy kitchen and nutritional support

  • Supported family meals on-site

  • Outdoor sports area, including basketball court and a gym

While you're here

  • Excellent activities and events programmes for patients and families

  • Fully CQC-compliant on-site education from key stage 3 through to GCSE and A levels

Care at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford

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 Unit

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 detained 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

Dear Thorneycroft, I can't thank the team and staff of Thorneycroft enough.  I'm much better than what I was, being here, even for a month, has helped me out.  The therapy/support... Read more >

Former patient

Dear all on Wedgwood,  Everything you have all done in helping our daughter is so much appreciated.  A huge thank you.  When we asked staff for advice they always provided useful... Read more >


To all the doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, cleaners and kitchen staff, thank you all so much for the care, kindness and support you have given our daughter.  You have been a part... Read more >


Dear Dr Billemane, we were too upset to tell you yesterday how grateful we are to you and the team how you have looked after our child and indeed our family.  The day we brought her... Read more >


To Nat, don't think you will ever know how much you meant to me.  I always looked forward to the days you were on shift because you made me smile, always there for a chat and the best... Read more >

Former patient

Words cannot express how thankful I am of your support and help.  Thank you for believing in me and putting up with me.

Former patient

Thank you to Claire for sorting out my work and informing my new teachers about me. Also for being so polite and lovely to me too.  Thank you to Alison (Art Teacher) for making me... Read more >

Former patient on Wedgwood

To the dietitians who keep us healthy, thank you so much as you've not just helped me but everyone else here and it's amazing what you both have done which makes a big difference. ... Read more >

Patient on Wedgwood

Dear Thorneycroft staff, thank you for being there, from making me coffee to listening to me and keeping me safe.  I've grown so much as a person, although I'm not recovered, I'm a... Read more >

Former patient

Our daughter has been looked after extremely well on Thorneycroft ward.  You have in my opinion saved our daughter's life. She is now ready to complete her recovery at home.  Thank you so very much.


All staff have been wonderful, very friendly and caring.  Very supportive and good communication throughout stay

Family member

To Dr Chaudhry and his brilliant team of doctors, nurses, OT, teachers and dietitian, I do not know where we would be if you hadn't helped our daughter.  You have brought our special... Read more >


To the teachers at Wedgwood school,  Thank you so much for helping me with my studies and especially for organising my maths exam this year.  I have enjoyed coming into the classroom... Read more >

Former patient

As a parent of a patient at Huntercombe, I have no hesitation in giving my whole-hearted compliments to my son's consultant, Dr Billemane and his full team from the nurses to professional... Read more >


The service was excellent.  Staff were very friendly and always attentive when we arrived to visit our son.  Rooms for visiting were always provided and also complimentary tea/coffee.... Read more >


Hello Claire, I just wanted to say thanks so much for sorting out our daughter's exam, for being so organised and 'on it' and for taking the time before the exam to show our daughter... Read more >


Thanks for inviting me to the meeting this morning to discuss progress and plans for this young person, it was good that it was so well attended and useful to have the school and CAMHS... Read more >


Our daughter has been at the hospital on both Wedgwood and Thorneycroft units.  The staff on both wards have been caring, communicative and approachable.  We have been very happy... Read more >


Advice and Support

Committed to improving participation in care

We are committed to keeping families and carers involved in a young person’s care, and work hard to improve our patients’ participation in care planning, training and recruitment.

The Huntercombe Hospital Stafford team

We have recently strengthened and improved the expertise in our clinical team by increasing our therapy, social work and nursing staff. For full profiles of our team members, please click below.

Who we work with

We work with Wolverhampton University and Staffordshire University.