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.

Wathwood Hospital

Wathwood Hospital EntranceWe provide medium secure inpatient services to male adult patients with mental disorder

We offer assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. We aim 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.


Our model of care involves:

  • establishing effective, sustained therapeutic relationships
  • problem solving
  • positive role modelling
  • structured therapy programmes

We also offer a range of sporting, leisure, educational and vocational activities and are a recognised Recovery College campus.


Accessing our services

You will only be admitted to Wathwood Hospital if you are referred by a professional.

Referrals come from:

  • courts
  • prisons
  • secure hospitals
  • general mental health services
  • independent sector hospitals

On site facilities

The Hospital has a farm shop within its grounds. This is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.

There is a shop within the Hospital which is open for two hours a day, Monday to Friday only.

There is a general store just beyond the top of the Hospital drive. This is open 6.00am – 10.00pm.

Visiting Information

You will need to book your visit to Wathwood Hospital at least 24 hours in advance though the relevant ward/service.

Children and young people under the age of 18 are unable to visit without prior authorisation. The process of obtaining authorisation for a child or young person to visit will be explained on request.


Wathwood Hospital Entrance sign

Social visitors

Social visits can take place on any day of the week.

  • Monday to Friday, 6pm to 8pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday. 3pm to 5pm.

Visits outside of these times can be arranged on request.


Professional visitors

Professional visits must be requested in advance. Usually they cannot take place between 12.00 noon – 2pm and 5pm – 6pm or after 8pm due to protected time for patients.

All visitors are required to report to the Main Reception.

Professional and social visitors must provide two forms of ID; one should be photo ID. All visitors will require registration on the Hospital visitors' database.



Due to the secure environment of Wathwood Hospital and the need to maintain the safety of everyone, certain items will not be allowed into the clinical area.

Lockers are available in the reception foyer to hold any restricted items; for example, mobile phones, cigarettes and lighters.

Contact and find us

Tel: 01709 870 800

Wathwood Hospital
Gipsy Green Lane
South Yorkshire
S63 7TQ


Getting here

By car


Visitor parking is available on site. 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.


By train

The nearest train station is Swinton (South Yorkshire). Train stations in Rotherham and Meadow Hall also offer easy access to the Hospital.

For help planning your journey please visit


Further information

Local taxi numbers:

Help in a crisis

Main Switchboard: 01709 870 800.

Information for health professionals

How to refer someone to this service

Referrals to:

Dr E Mendelson
Clinical Director

Wathwood Hospital
Gipsy Green Lane
S63 7TQ

Tel: 01709 870 800


Lead clinician

Dr Eric Mendelson


Service commissioned by

NHS England, Midlands and East (East Midlands Hub)



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