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.

Section 17 Restaurant

Section 17 Restaurant opened in 2012, a collaborative initiative between occupational therapy and hotel services. Inspired by ‘The Clink’ restaurant within HMP Highdown, S17 Restaurant provides vocational rehabilitation for patients at Wathwood hospital.

Named ‘Section 17’ by patients to signify progress and recovery (as Section 17 leave grants patients leave into the community) there are opportunities to gain vocational skills and experience within the catering kitchen and front of house. These opportunities support patients in their recovery and prepares them for future work roles and employment.


A 3-course seasonal, fine dining menu is offered to customers and patients are supported by staff to prepare, cook and serve menu choices. The Restaurant is open for lunch once a month, to anyone over the age of 18 and can seat up to 20 customers. It is open to the public as well as hospital staff. We regularly welcome customers from the local community and patients with family members to the Restaurant. Patients and their families value the opportunity to spend time off ward and enjoy a meal together.

Reservations are required and need to be made in advance. To make a reservation or for more information please contact Kirsty Wilson, Occupational Therapy Manager 01709 870822.





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