Acute Adult Inpatient Service

The Acute Inpatient Service provides 24 hour treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic setting, actively engaging and involving people who are experiencing an acute mental health episode which cannot be managed in a less restrictive setting, owing to the degree of risk, clinical need or patient choice. Many of those admitted will require detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Amendment Act 2007. Where necessary, intense supervision and support will be provided.

Patients receive individualised care and treatment based on the Care Programme Approach (CPA) which highlights crisis management and a place of safety, specialised risk assessments and risk management, intensive assessment, treatment and therapy, stabilisation of acute symptoms and relapse prevention.

The service offers:

  • Assistance to acquire and enhance coping skills that promote and enable self- help and the self-management of mental health problems and difficulties
  • Collaborative, structured approach towards assisting people to achieve their own recovery
  • Diverse range of care interventions
  • Individualised planning of treatment and care
  • Specialist mental health and risk assessment

Staff in these wards work closely with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHT) and the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT).

Where service is based

Assessment Unit
Basildon Mental Health Unit
SS16 5NL
Cedar Ward
Rochford Hospital
Union Lane
Visiting Times
15:30 -17:00
18:30 – 20:00
Visiting Times
Mon – Fri 13.30 – 17.00 / 18.00 – 20.00
Sat – Sun 14.00 – 17.00 / 18.30 – 20.00
Thorpe Ward / Grangewaters Ward
Basildon Mental Health Unit
SS16 5NL
Ardleigh Ward / Gosfield Ward
The Lakes
Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road
Visiting Times
Mon – Fri 16:00 – 20:00
Sat – Sun 10:00 – 20:00
Visiting Times
Mon – Fri 17.00 – 20.00
Sat – Sun 09.00 – 20.00
Peter Bruff
King’s Wood Centre
Colchester General Hospital
Turner Road
Finchingfield Ward / Galleywood Ward
Linden Centre
Puddings Wood Drive
Visiting times:
Mon – Fri 17:00 – 20:00
Weekend / Public Holidays 10:00 – 20:00
Chelmer Ward (Female only ward)
Stort Ward (Male only ward)
Derwent Centre
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Hamstel Road
CM20 1QX

How to contact service

Cedar Ward: 01702 538145 / 01702  538146 / 01702 538147

Thorpe Ward / Grangewaters Ward: 01268 243563

Ardleigh Ward / Gosfield Ward: 01206 228712

Peter Bruff Ward: 01206 228930 / 31

Finchingfield Ward / Galleywood Ward: 01245 315800

Stort Ward / Chelmer Ward: 01279 967302

How to access service

Please ask for a referral from one of the following:

  • GP
  • Hospital – A&E