Upper West – Women’s Medium Secure

Upper West is Cygnet Hospital Bury’s medium secure service for women. Upper West, supports women with a range of complex care needs including personality disorder, mental illness and detachment disorders. It is also the only specialist medium secure service for deaf women in the country as both deaf and hearing service users can be supported within the service.

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A highly specialised multi-disciplinary team supports people in Upper West and care and treatment programmes are very much tailored to the individual’s needs. DBT is used as a treatment programme within the ward and it is a bi-lingual community where all staff are trained in British Sign Language. There are both deaf and hearing members of staff on the ward also.

Each service user has a treatment plan and a weekly therapeutic timetable which can include: individual and group psychology, counselling for drug and alcohol misuse, anger management, social skills development, daily living skills development, healthy living, IT skills training, education and vocational development, group games and activities.

All service users have their own private bedrooms with full en-suite facilities and access to a range of recreational space including a gym, laundry, occupational therapy kitchen, therapy garden and external sports pitch.

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