Coronavirus - changes to this service

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak we have made changes to visiting arrangements to Forest Lodge. To find out more please visit

Forest Lodge is a low secure inpatient unit which includes two wards, an assessment ward and a rehabilitation ward. 

There are 10 beds on our assessment ward, and 12 on our rehabilitation ward. Both wards are male only. 

We are a secure unit for service users who are on a forensic section. That means that people are admitted to Forest Lodge from other secure hospitals or psychiatric wards. 

We provide assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to offenders who are experiencing mental health problems. 

People may also come to us from prison or through the criminal justice system. Most of our service users are on restriction orders from the Ministry of Justice. 

Our service users’ difficulties mean that they need to be cared for in a low secure environment. The usual length of stay at Forest Lodge is one to two years.


Forest Lodge has large indoor and outdoor communal recreational areas, as well as an occupational therapy department which offers a range of activities.

All of our service users have access to laundry facilities, a cashier service 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

Our visiting hours are 8am to 8.30pm 7-days a week, including bank holidays. Visits outside these hours may be arranged at the discretion of staff. 

We do ask that visits are not arranged between 12pm and 12.30pm, or 5pm to 5.30pm as these are protected meal times.

Any visit must be pre-arranged by contacting the ward. 

Please note that there may be times we visits are cancelled or cannot be accommodated due to safety reasons. 

Visits by anyone aged 16 or under are not permitted in patient areas. Any request for a visit by anyone under the age of 16 through ward staff and they must have a significant relationship to be considered. 

There is a free car park for visitors in front of Forest Lodge. 

How the service is accessed

We accept referrals from open psychiatric inpatient wards, prisons, the Trust’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and other secure units. 

Service users must be detained under the Mental Health Act.

To take a look at our eligibility and selection criteria in full, click here


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