Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton
Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton in London is an Adult Mental Health hospital for men and women with severe and complex mental health conditions.
We provide high quality intensive treatment in a clinically safe, caring and secure environment, supporting the NHS when intensive care needs cannot be met locally.
Age range: adults over 18 years old.
What we do
Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton has four units: Two Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) and two Acute Units.
Our well-established clinical team at Roehampton is led by Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Mike Alcock and Aimee Huxley, Hospital Director. Patients are further supported by two other Consultant Psychiatrists, Dr Shakeel Ahmed and Dr Agron Ramadani. Our senior clinical team also have the support from an extensive team comprising clinical psychology, nursing, support staff, occupational therapists, art psychotherapists, activity co-ordinators, administators, housekeeping, catering and maintenance staff.
Our PICU wards are registered with the Quality Network for PICU services under the Royal College of Psychiatry. This ensures we learn from and share best practice with other professionals in our field.
On our small specialist PICU wards, we provide immediate inpatient assessment and treatment to men who are going through a sudden and serious mental health crisis, and who pose a high risk to themselves or others. Patients need to be cared for at short notice in a controlled setting that keeps them safe. We accept PICU referrals at any time of the day or night and we can make a decision to admit within one hour of receipt of completed referral forms. Most patients are admitted from other hospitals or directly from the community if there is concern for their safety. All patients are detained under the Mental Health Act, 1983 (2007).;l;
Our Acute Units are for patients, both men and women, who either need to ‘step down’ from a PICU setting or who have complex, severe or prolonged mental health issues but do not need a PICU setting. Patients are either detained or are there voluntarily. With intensive support from our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), patients have the opportunity to work through their mental health problems in a secure environment. At Roehampton we welcome patients to our acute unit from other PICU services as well are part of the discharge pathway from our own PICU service.
Conditions we manage
We support men and women from across the UK over the age of 18 who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and who are experiencing:
- An unexplained psychotic episode
- Drug induced psychoses
- Severe depression with suicide risk
- Challenging behaviour as a result of mood disorders
- A relapse of Axis 1 type disorder such as mania or schizophrenia
- Personality disorder or mild borderline intellectual disability combined with other Axis 1 type diagnosis
- Other organic acute episodes requiring intensive care
- An increase in risky behaviours such as absconding, self-harm, suicide attempts, arson, violence and aggression, sexually inappropriate behaviour
We can also admit patients who require detoxification from alcohol or drugs or patients who are under a Community Treatment Order (CTO) which has been revoked.
'I think this hospital should be seen as an example for other hospitals...they listen to you and try to understand what you are going through. Other hospitals I have been to don't do it that way.'
- 28 bedrooms split across three wards
- Gym and enclosed sports area
- Designated art room
- Therapy suite
- Occupational therapy kitchen
- Multi-faith room
- Therapy garden
Staff were very helpful and polite. The ward and rooms are very clean and facilities for recreation are very good. Food was good too.
I received brilliant care from everyone, all the staff helpful and the nurses were all lovely. I received great counselling and wish I had had the change to say goodbye and thank all the staff.
I think this hospital should be seen as an example for other hospitals…they listen to you and try to understand what you are going through. Other hospitals I have been to don’t do it that way.
After careful consideration I have decided to resign from my position. I was allocated Roehampton in 2004 and over the years have always been impressed with the organisation of hearings, the professionalism of the clinical and administrative team as well as the friendly atmosphere. Huntercombe Roehampton was always a pleasant place to visit. I wish…
Can I please say that we feel all the efforts to facilitate advocacy at Huntercombe are very much appreciated and have far surpassed those made by other hospitals we are trying to engage with. With many thanks.
Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton
Tel: 020 8780 6155
- Just off the A306 in Roehampton, four miles from Richmond, nine miles from central London
- East Putney (District Line) is the nearest tube station
- South West trains run from nearby Barnes, Mortlake or Putney
- Bus stops for the 85, 493, 72, 430 and 265 close by
- Heathrow Airport (10 miles)
- Free on-site parking
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University of West London
At Roehampton we have particularly close links with the University of West London. We routinely offer placements to nursing students for work experience.