Dovedale Ward is an acute mental health inpatient ward for older people aged 65 or over which has 15 beds.

Every service user admitted to the ward has a care plan which outlines specific details of the treatment and support they will be offered. 

This includes a named nurse who will be allocated to each service user and works with them throughout their time on the ward. 

Service users on the ward has have access to a range of professionals, including Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Support Workers and Occupational Therapists. 

The team share their expertise and experience to provide the very best care to our service users.

Dovedale Ward works closely with the Older Adults Home Treatment Team and Older Adults Community Mental Health Team to support discharges from the ward.

Dovedale Ward is located at the Michael Carlisle Centre.  


Dovedale Ward is based at the Michael Carlisle Centre. The ward is accessible on foot, by a number of public transport routes, there are railings to park a bicycle or there is also a car park on-site. If you choose to drive, please leave plenty of time to find a space. You can plan your route on Google Maps here.

All of our service users have access to laundry facilities and lockable storage. 

We do recommend that service users do not bring high value items such as laptops or tablets onto the ward, and do so at their own risk.

Visiting hours

Visiting times are subject to change if there are infectious outbreaks, such as COVID-19.

We welcome visitors to the ward from 1pm to 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 8pm on weekends or on Bank Holidays.

We encourage visitors to avoid visits between 12pm and 1pm and 5pm and 6pm as these are protected meal times.

Special arrangements can be made outside these times but only after prior discussion with nursing staff.

How is this service accessed?

Referrals to Dovedale Ward are made via the Trust’s Older Adults Community Mental Health Team and the Liaison Psychiatry Service. 

Emergency referrals are considered from the on-call registrar under the guidance of the on-call duty psychiatric consultant.

You can take a look at the service eligibility and selection criteria by clicking here.

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