Thorneywood Adolescent Unit

Thorneywood Adolescent Unit is for young people aged 13-18 who are experiencing mental health difficulties that can no longer be managed in the community. The unit has 13 beds.

Young people can be admitted for a range of reasons such as eating disorders or difficulties, or mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

We are part of CAMHS, which stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Using our service

Patients either come to us because they want our help and support, or because they are under a section of the Mental Health Act - where they need to come to hospital to maintain their safety or the safety of others.

A patient’s stay can last from one day to several months, depending on what the young person needs.

If you require an inpatient admission your community CAMHS worker will discuss making a referral to the Adolescent Unit with you and support you through this process.

Whilst staying on the unit, young people will be assessed 24 hours a day so that we can understand their difficulties and how to support them.

Some young people will be nursed on a one to one basis, so that we can support them and provide a more detailed assessment.


Our plans for the future

We are investing in a new building with extended inpatient services for young people. This will improve access to services and the treatment options available.

Please take a look at the new building plans and see for yourself the exciting future of CAMHS in Nottingham.

This service will not only benefit young people but also the local area, by creating more job opportunities for people interested in working with children and young people who experience mental health difficulties. 


Visiting information

All under 18 visitors must be accompanied by an adult. If children under the age of 16 are coming to visit, please talk to one the nursing staff before the visit and check whether or not it is appropriate, and arrange a suitable time. Rooms can often be booked if young children are visiting.

If family/carers are unable to visit during the visiting times above then please discuss with your Key-worker or Nurse in Charge to arrange an appropriate time.

All visitors should stay in communal areas and should not go to the young person's bedroom without agreement with the Nurse in Charge.

We have a strict zero tolerance with violence and aggression and therefore on the very rare occasions that a visitor may become abusive or aggressive, they will be asked to leave.

Patients who have an eating disorder should not have visitors during meal times/ break times or during post meal observations which can last up to an hour.

When can family and friends visit?

Monday to Friday – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Weekends – Any time except meal times*


Contact us

  • Telephone: 0115 844 0529
  • Address: Thorneywood Adolescent Unit , Porchester Road, Mapperley, Nottinghamshire, NG3 6LF


Getting here

Visitor parking is available on site. Some spaces have been designated for use by blue badge holders only.


Help in a crisis

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


Support groups

Youth Zone -

Face it - 0800 5877878

W.A.M (What about Me?) - 01623635326 or text 07970 724165

head2head - 01623 784831

Frank -

Compass -



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