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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.

What is Wathwood Hospital

Wathwood Hospital provides medium secure inpatient services for male adult patients with mental disorder.

Wathwood Hospital consists of 78 beds, 56 of which are located within the main hospital and the remaining 22 in The Lodges. 

We offer assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. Our aim is to reduce the distress associated with mental health problems and promote recovery. We work to reduce the risks associated with our patient group and tailor treatment to meet each patient’s needs. We are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of patient care.

Patients will only be admitted to Wathwood Hospital if they are referred by a professional.

Referrals come from:

  • Courts
  • Prisons
  • Secure Hospitals
  • General Mental Health Services
  • Independent Sector Hospitals



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Contact and find us

Wathwood Hospital
Gipsy Green Lane
Wath Upon Dearne
South Yorkshire
S63 7TQ

Tel: 01709 870800


Getting here

By car



We are approximately 9 miles from both the A1 and the M1. There is free visitor parking available on site, although spaces can be limited. Some spaces are for use by blue badge holders only.


By bus

The nearest bus station is in Wath-upon-Dearne town centre. There is also a bus station in Rotherham with a service to Wath-upon-Dearne. The closest bus service to the hospital is the 221, which also serves Doncaster Town Centre. 


By train

The nearest train station is Swinton Interchange (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) which is approximately 1 mile away. A taxi will cost approximately £3-5. 

For help planning your journey please visit www.traveline.info.



Further information

Local taxi numbers:

Help in a crisis

Main Switchboard: 01709 870 800.



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