Rampton Hospital

Rampton Hospital is one of three high security hospitals in England and Wales. The Hospital's mission is to work with commissioners, patients, carers and staff to lead the development and provision of high quality, cost effective, secure forensic health care.

High Secure Services at Rampton Hospital

Birds in Flight Sculpture at Rampton Hospital


The Hospital provides quality services for approximately 350 patients requiring care and treatment in conditions of high security, through six clinical services.  

  • Mental Health Service  (128 commissioned beds)
  • National High Secure Learning Disability Service (54 commissioned beds)
  • National High Secure Deaf Service (10 commissioned beds)
  • National High Secure Healthcare Service for Women (50 commissioned beds)
  • Personality Disorder Service  (55 commissioned beds)
  • The Peaks Unit (60 commissioned beds)

Three of these are National services; the sole providers of high secure care for women, Deaf men, and men with a learning disability, in the Country.

All services deliver treatment consisting of evidence based psychological interventions provided within a framework of individualised, needs-led and consistent multi disciplinary care. 


The six clinical services are supported by:

  • Therapies and Education Department;
  • Forensic Security Service;
  • Forensic Facilities Directorate;
  • Physical Healthcare Service including additional healthcare such as dentistry and physiotherapy.

Patient admission criteria

Patients are only admitted to Rampton Hospital if they are referred by a health professional and assessed by the Hospital as meeting the criteria for admission.

All patients admitted to a clinical service in the Hospital are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and classified as having a learning disability, mental illness and/or a psychopathic disorder.

Patients will have been assessed as requiring treatment under conditions within a high secure environment, meeting the criteria of posing a grave and immediate danger to themselves or the public. Many will have come via the Criminal Justice System.

Most admissions will be under Part III of the MHA, either from the court, from prison or a medium security unit.

Those patients who have not committed a criminal offence are a civil admission under Part II of the MHA and will usually have come from a lower level security hospital setting and have been assessed as potentially a serious danger to others.

Rampton Hospital Aerial View

Referrals come from:                                                 

  • courts
  • prisons
  • secure hospitals
  • general mental health services
  • independent sector hospitals

The average length of stay in the Hospital is approximately five years, but a very small number of patients are likely to remain at Rampton Hospital for a significantly longer period of time.


The main entrance of Rampton Hospital

Getting here

Visitor parking is available on site. There are spaces for blue badge holders.

The nearest bus station is in Retford. The nearest train station is Retford.      

If you are planning to visit the Hospital, you can find out more about visiting times, getting to the Hospital and security procedures on the Visiting Rampton Hospital page of this site. 

Contact us

Rampton Hospital, Woodbeck, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0PD
Main Switchboard: Telephone: 
01777 248 321




Inside Rampton Hospital - BBC Inside Out East Midlands Special

Filmed in 2011, the documentary features interviews with current and former patients at Rampton Hospital, as well as members of staff and a carer.   The programme aimed to go some way towards demystifying the work of the Hospital – as well as portraying an honest and unbiased account about the need for high secure care.