Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Orion Unit

The Orion Unit is an inpatient service at Highbury Hospital for adults aged between 18 and 65.

Our patients have an intellectual disability and complex mental health difficulties. They might also have challenging behaviours that cannot be managed in the community.

We care for people in difficulty and times of distress. This is an emotionally safe place where patients and staff find out how to co-operate with one another.

Our staff provide therapies and help patients to become ready for treatments delivered by others.

Patients at the Unit have access to an expert team whose work is innovative and research-active.

The Unit has disabled access. Visitor parking is available.

Accessing our service

Contact and find us

Orion Unit
Highbury Hospital
Highbury Road

Tel: 0115 854 2251

Help in a crisis

Outside of office hours please contact your GP service, NHS 111, or in an emergency go to your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

Information for health professionals

How to refer someone to this service

Referral is made via our intellectual and development consultants who can be contacted via the switchboard on: 0115 969 1300.


Lead clinician

Dr Deval Bagalkote.



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