Cygnet Lodge Lewisham

44 Lewisham Park, Lewisham, London, SE13 6QZ

Cygnet Lodge Lewisham is a high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service providing care for up to 17 men. Our service provides a high level of support and uses a recovery focused model. The service is ideal for anyone who has been on a longer-stay hospital or acute ward for a period of time and would benefit from a service which helps them prepare for a successful return to the community.

Cygnet Lodge Lewisham is part of our integrated male care pathway of services that includes the low secure and psychiatric intensive care unit at our sister unit Cygnet Hospital Blackheath.

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Our full time therapists offer an excellent range of therapies to reduce the risk of relapse and develop tailor-made rehabilitation programmes to meet people’s own individual needs. Individuals are supported in daily living tasks and activities such as going to their GP, dentist and other important aspects such as budgeting, self-care and everyday skills such as laundry and housework.

“I’ve found being at Cygnet Lodge Lewisham very beneficial. My treatment has been very therapeutic and has helped me with my artwork as I have been able to work in this environment. I was involved in an exhibition for local artists in Lewisham with mental health problems. I was given positive feedback for my work.”Service user, Cygnet Lodge Lewisham

Individuals supported at Cygnet Lodge Lewisham spend a proportion of their time away from the unit, but still engage with different therapy and support groups, and a large MDT facilitates this ongoing work.

Meaningful service user involvement is key and monthly meetings are held for service users to share their views with us and for us to communicate important changes to them. Service users can join the meetings as a representative for their peers. This is an important role and they receive payment for their attendance together with an opportunity to get involved in related projects.

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The average length of stay at Cygnet Lodge Lewisham is around 11 months and most people are discharged to their own homes or supported accommodation. The team support service users during the discharge process and actively help them find opportunities for training, education and work.

Service user profile

  • Men aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or informal
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with:
    • Complex comorbidities
    • Substance, drug and alcohol abuse
    • Treatment resistance
    • Behaviours that challenge
  • Aiming for a return to community or community-based care
  • History of sexual abuse or domestic violence
  • Typical diagnoses: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder or depression
  • May have secondary diagnoses of mild learning disability, autism spectrum disorder or personality disorder
  • May have a forensic history and/or be stepping down from secure services
  • May have a history of repeated acute admissions

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Therapy kitchen
  • Variety of activity rooms
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Enclosed garden

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