Cygnet Lodge Woking

Barton Close (off Redding Way), Knaphill, Woking, GU21 2FD

Cygnet Lodge Woking is a high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service for 31 men with complex needs. Our service provides a high level of support and uses a recovery focused model.

There are distinct areas within the Lodge, dependent on a person’s level of need and can offer, for the more acutely unwell, a robust and therapeutic alternative to low secure.

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Those who are more acutely unwell can be supported in Shakespeare Ward including those who may need escorted leave or enhanced observations. The service is more nurse intensive until individuals become more settled and progress. This service offers rehabilitation, assessment and recovery. The emphasis is on treatment optimization, developing insight, exploring impediments to engagement, anxiety, assessment of needs and putting things in place to address those needs.

As people progress they can move to Marlowe Ward, a recovery focused service that supports more community access as people prepare for a move through towards the least restrictive care option or the community.

Milligan House is an annexe to Cygnet Lodge Woking and contains six pre-discharge beds with an additional two self-contained flatlets. Milligan House allows Cygnet Lodge Woking to provide a three-tier care pathway for service users as they reach a level of increased stability.

The shared kitchen and lounge in Milligan House

Milligan House gives service users opportunity to build their individual skills prior to discharge while still having the full support of the Lodge’s multi-disciplinary team. The service may be particularly successful for people who have experienced failed placements in the past as Milligan House will offer an opportunity for slower-stream rehabilitation.

The three services together offer a cohesive care pathway within one building, with people able to move through from acutely unwell to preparing for community living. The Annexe is particularly suited to those who would benefit from a slower stream progression back into the community and who may need a little extra support, including those who have been in services for a long time.

All services at Cygnet Lodge Woking are supported by a social worker, responsible clinician, ward doctor, psychologist, assistant psychologist, independent advocate, chaplain, practice nurse and assistant, occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant. All service users are registered with the local GP.

Cygnet Lodge Woking has close links with Guildford College, Woking College and organisations and businesses throughout the local area which support educational and vocational opportunities for service users.

Across the services there is the promotion of independence and gaining the skills required to succeed.

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 areas
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Enclosed garden with horticulture and woodwork areas
  • Gym
  • IT café

Cygnet Lodge Woking in the news


Cygnet Hospital Woking hosts Family, Friends and Caregivers Event

On Friday 3rd May 2019, Cygnet Hospital Woking and Cygnet Lodge Woking co-hosted the first of three “Family, Friends and Caregivers” events for the year. The half day event was a great success with 17 family and friends of our service users across both sites attending.

Cygnet Lodge Woking to open new pre-discharge service

Cygnet Lodge Woking are to extend their care pathway by opening a pre-discharge service in a new annexe called Milligan House. Milligan House will contain six pre-discharge beds with an additional two self-contained flatlets.

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