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Leigh House


Alresford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HD023 82 310100
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Leigh House is an acute adolescent psychiatric service providing inpatient treatment for young people between the ages of 12 to 18 years.

The unit providing a comprehensive treatment programme for young people experiencing acute mental illness, such as depression and psychotic disorders. We also have particular expertise in the management of young people suffering from anorexia nervosa.

The principle aim of Leigh House is to improve the Young Person’s level of functioning to the point where they are able to live in the community, with the support of their families and local services.

All young people will be at Leigh House for the shortest time possible. Continuity of care with local child and adolescent mental health services is regarded as very important to ensure a smooth transition from hospital.

Therefore the referring teams and families attend Care Programme Approach (CPA) Review Meetings, during a young person’s admission, to plan intervention goals and ensure appropriate follow-up treatment.

How to make a referral if you are a Parent/Carer

You need to see your GP who can then make a referral to the Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS) for assessment. Following assessment by the Community CAMHS Team, it may be felt that support and treatment in the community is required. In some cases, an inpatient admission will be necessary. If this is the case, then the Community CAMHS Team will refer to Leigh House for further assessment.

Referral information for Professionals

We can only accept referrals from a Tier 3 Community CAMHS Service made either by a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, or if by another professional within the service, then must be endorsed by a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Leigh House also provides emergency access when required, subject to bed availability.

Services we provide:

  • Severe eating disorders
  • Acute psychotic illness
  • Mood disorders
  • Severe obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Acute phobic disorders
  • Severe anxiety disorders

Every young person is allocated representatives from each professional discipline to form a ‘core team’. They co-ordinate the assessment, care and treatment plans during the young person’s stay.  

This plan is monitored and evaluated at regular intervals and may include:

Individual counselling, family therapy, therapeutic group work, social and daily living activity programmes.

All families have their ups and downs, this is not unusual, however sometimes you may worry that a young person in your family has ongoing struggles with everyday life which are having a significant impact on them and the family.

Here at Leigh House our principle aim is to improve a young person’s level of functioning to the point where they are able to live in the community with the support of their families and local services.

Leigh House has its own purpose-built education unit! The four classrooms, two offices and spacious art room occupy the top floor of a separate building in the hospital grounds that is shared with the Occupational Therapy department.

We have our own specialist staff in the Hospital Education Team comprising eight teachers, one learning support assistant and an administrative/exams officer. All education staff who work here are employed by Hampshire Local Education Authority (LEA) as part of the Education Inclusion Service (EIS). 

We provide a safe and supportive educational environment and the team is very experienced in dealing sensitively with the highly individual circumstances of each new pupil. 

As soon as possible after admission to hospital, you and your parent(s)/carer(s) are introduced to the Hospital Education Manager and/or the Post 16 Co-ordinator; the aim is for us all to have an opportunity to be well-informed about your education whilst at Leigh House.

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Leigh House - Education Building

The Leigh house team is made up of:

No A&E available

How to get here

Leigh House Hospital
Adolescent Psychiatric Unit
Alresford Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1HD 

If you are interested in working at Leigh House, do visit our working for us pages

Our address and contact details are at the top of this page or you can email us:     

SHFT.Leigh-House@nhs.net 

Your feedback is important to us as a service so if you have anything you would like to share, whether a complaint or a compliment, please do not hesitate to do so via our Complaints and Patient Experience Team 

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