Cygnet Hospital Taunton

Orchard Portman, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7BQ

Cygnet Hospital Taunton
Cygnet Hospital Taunton specialises in the care and rehabilitative support of people, often older, who have cognitive impairment and/or functional mental illness. This can include people detained under the Mental Health Act and those who experience behaviour which may be challenging, as well as those who have long-term physical health conditions.

The hospital, set in extensive grounds, is an ideal setting to promote care, understanding and for maximising a person’s rehabilitation potential. A safe, calm and hopeful environment, Cygnet Hospital Taunton believes in finding a person’s capabilities and helping them achieve what is possible. We can support up to 46 people.

“I strongly believe Dad is receiving the best care possible for him. We receive thorough feedback and the staff at our six monthly meetings are well informed.”Family member

We offer three distinct elements of intervention – assessment, treatment and transition.
Cygnet Hospital Taunton can provide support and rehabilitation for individuals with, amongst others:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Parkinsons
  • Huntington’s

We can also support individuals with long-term health needs including:

  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Urological Problems

Service users at Cygnet Hospital Taunton can be supported with PEG feeding and pain management. There is no lower age limit, and a variety of early onset degenerative conditions are within the admission criteria.

Our approach

The ethos of all of Cygnet Hospital Taunton is to not look at the diagnosis in isolation, but to look at a person’s presentation and how the hospital’s care team can help them. This is a safe environment which provides controlled access.

We can respond to both planned and urgent admissions from all over the UK. The hospital is split into five wards, which provide a specialist care pathway.All wards at Cygnet Hospital Taunton are single-sex environments, providing safe and supportive spaces for individuals to experience the maximum possible benefit for them.

Services at Cygnet Hospital Taunton

  • Starling – Locked admissions for older men with functional mental health issues and challenging behaviour.
  • Swift – Locked admissions for older men with organic mental health issues and challenging behaviour.
  • Willow – Unit specifically for older women with mental health issues.
  • Mulberry – Unit for older men with longer term mental health issues and complex needs.
  • Nightingale – Pre-discharge flatlet for older men.

Cygnet Hospital Taunton in the news


Cygnet Hospital Taunton’s Scarecrow Festival

On Tuesday 16th August service users across all the wards at Cygnet Hospital Taunton had a lot of fun creating scarecrows in the tradition of the local villages' annual scarecrow festival.

Cygnet Hospital Taunton

Service enhancements to Cygnet’s new older adults hospital

Cygnet Hospital Taunton, formerly Orchard Portman House Hospital, became part of the Cygnet group on 6th February 2015. In response to regional NHS customer feedback, we have begun a number of enhancements to the service provided at the hospital.