Cygnet St William’s

Cornwall Avenue, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 2LJ

Cygnet St William’s is a new 12 bed service providing neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative rehabilitation for men with mental health difficulties and acquired brain injury. The service is due to open in January 2019 and is now accepting referrals.

Our focus is on creating an environment that engages our service users and sets the tone for recovery. Cygnet St William’s has been designed and equipped with an all-integrated physical environment to aid our service user’s neurobehavioural rehabilitation process.

The hospital is located in Darlington, close to the A1(M) motorway and other major transport links. There is easy access to shops, local libraries, community centres and parks.

Educational and vocational support is key to service user’s recovery, and programmes are tailor-made for individuals, drawing on a variety of external resources.

Our service user centred approach puts the individual at the centre of their own discharge planning. With the right support and our innovative and proactive rehabilitation environment, our aim is to support service users to return to the community or another suitable care pathway placement.

Our service user profile:

  • Men, aged 18+
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act, informal or subject to DoLS
  • Diagnosis of:
    • Established or suspected acquired or traumatic brain injury, such as hypoxia, stroke, brain
      tumour, encephalitis
    • Established or suspected degenerative brain condition including dementias
    • Huntington’s disease or other movement disorders, displaying abnormal movements or restricted mobility
    • Alcohol related brain injury / Korsakoff’s syndrome
    • Moderate to severe cognitive impairment
    • Dysphasia or other communication problems
    • Organic psychiatric disorder or organic personality disorder
  • May present with challenging behaviour (aggression, utilisation behaviours or sexual disinhibition)
  • May present with co-morbid psychiatric disorders including psychoses, autistic spectrum or
    substance misuse
  • May have a forensic history

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Therapy kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Bathroom equipped with hoist
  • Multi-functional outdoor space
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Referrals are now being taken and can be made by contacting the Cygnet referrals team via 0808 164 4450 or by emailing

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