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.

Rampton Hospital

aerial of Rampton

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.

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.

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.

Social Care Service

The Social Care Service works across all areas of the Hospital and with staff, patients, their carers and families and external agencies. The team has a key role in the safety, protection and safeguarding of children and adults. 

One of the main responsibilities for the service is the safe facilitation of family and child visits to patients at the Hospital. The team is a main point of contact for families, friends and carers and works closely with the Family and Volunteer Support Service at the Hospital. The Social Care Service works to empower patients and provide advocacy and advice over issues regarding patient wellbeing, human rights, equality and diversity and social justice.   

More information can be found by contacting the team at:

Tel: 01777 247354


CQC Report

For the latest copy of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published reports, click here.

Following the publication of the recent CQC report in October 2019, Rampton Hospital has been issued with nine “must do” areas for improvement:

CQC - areas of improvement Nov 2019.pdf [pdf] 133KB

Contact and find us

Rampton Hospital
DN22 0PD

Tel: 01777 248 321



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