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Secure Mental Health Service


Originally, the SMHBU, known as Guild Lodge, opened as a Secure Mental Health inpatient facility in July 1999, comprising of three medium secure wards and one low secure ward able to facilitate inpatient care for up to 54 male and female Service Users and had a Forensic Community Nursing team. Since this time, a comprehensive network of 164 medium secure, low secure and step-down beds and specialist forensic community services has evolved in response to the needs of Service Users across Lancashire and South Cumbria, and those with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) across the North West region as a whole.

The overall purpose of the SMHBU is to provide high standards of assessment and formulation; care and treatment interventions; rehabilitation and recovery; and risk assessment and risk management for individuals with complex mental health care needs, and to respond to these needs whilst safeguarding Service Users, staff, and the general public. Service Users are given the opportunity to be involved, as far as is practicable in their circumstances, in planning, developing and reviewing their own treatment and care to help ensure that it is delivered in a way that is as appropriate and effective for them as possible underpinned by My Shared Pathway and recovery principles.

Address and contact information

Guild Lodge, Guild Park, Whittingham, Preston, Lancashire PR3 2JH
Contact Name
01772 773698
01772 773698