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.

The Farm Shop and Café

The Farm Shop

Vegetables The farm shop sells fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and flowers, hand-crafted gifts and jams, pickles and chutneys.

Most goods are grown and produced on site, with additional produce sourced from local markets. The farm shop is a great place to buy ethically and reduce your food miles. 

The chance to chat with customers helps patients to develop confidence and improve their employability, as well as encouraging a better understanding of mental health issues with the wider public.


Opening times

Public opening: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am – 3pm

Staff only: Mondays and Fridays


The Courtyard Café

The Courtyard Café serves a tasty menu prepared to a high standard by our patients.

Freshly ground coffee and a wide selection of cakes await you, as well as a choice of savoury dishes.

Why not treat yourself to an afternoon tea, served Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm.

Monthly theme evenings and talks are also regular feature.

Section 17

People cutting vegetables in the training restaurant

Section 17 is a training restaurant where patients are supported by both occupational therapy and catering staff to produce a three course meal in a fully equipped professional kitchen.

Enjoy three courses – made with seasonal produce from our farm shop - plus coffee for £9.95.

Section 17 is open on selected dates, with one sitting at 12pm, although there is occasionally an evening opening. The restaurant is open to members of the public, but booking is essential. The restaurant can be booked for private functions such as team building days on request.

To make a reservation please contact:  / Tel: 01709 870822 / Tel: 01709 870842 / Tel: 01709 870850

Social enterprise

The Wathwood Courtyard is a social enterprise initiative and consists of the Farm Shop and Café.  The Board behind it consists of local residents, patients, local business people and Hospital staff and takes the form of a community interest company.

This is another way patients can get involved, learn new skills and gain confidence. 

One of the aims is to employ former patients in the business, and all profits are reinvested into the running of the social enterprise.



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