Cuthbert Annexe – Patient and carer information leaflet

This leaflet is about Cuthbert Annexe which is a step-down ward in the Bamburgh Clinic at St. Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne for individuals who are preparing to transfer from a medium secure unit.

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  • Introduction

    This leaflet provides you with information that you will find useful during your stay. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is Adult Secure Services at St Nicholas' Hospital?

    Adult Secure Services at St Nicholas’ Hospital is located in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. It consists of the Bamburgh Clinic (medium secure service) and Tyne Mental Health (low secure service) based at Northgate Hospital. Adult Secure Services provides assessment and treatment for mental illness or personality disorders, for people who may have come into contact with the law.

    There are four wards in the Bamburgh Clinic:
    • Aidan
    • Cuthbert
    • Cuthbert Annexe
    • Oswin

  • What is Cuthbert Annexe?

    Cuthbert Annexe is a step-down ward in the Bamburgh Clinic for individuals who are preparing to transfer from a medium secure unit.

  • Who is it for?

    Cuthbert Annexe continues to provide recovery focused rehabilitation for people with mental health problems within a secure care setting. There are five beds for men progressing through their recovery journey.

  • Why do I need to be here?

    Your care team have decided it is the best place for you as your progress in your recovery. Staff on Cuthbert Annexe will continue to support you with your plan of care through your transition.

  • Arriving on Cuthbert Annexe

    You will be contacted prior to your arrival by the care team and introduced to staff. They will explain what will happen during your stay and give you information. When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the care team. You will have time to settle in and have a look around your environment.

  • How long will I be here?

    The length of stay depends upon your personal needs and your planned pathway. The care team will involve you fully in discussion about this.

  • What sorts of things can I do at Cuthbert Annexe?

    You will get your own bedroom with en-suite facilities. We have communal areas with games consoles, TV and an internal courtyard. Within the Annex individuals will have internet access and mobile phone use following a risk assessment this will be discussed with your multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

    We have a therapy area where formal and informal activities take place and you will be encouraged to engage in the planning of these weekly, for the periods of time you are on the ward as we encourage the engagement with the community placement identified in your pathway. An activity worker also works as part of our team.

  • Activities you can be involved with

    Staff on the ward will help you to get involved in activities that will help you to maintain on the life skills you have enhanced through your pathway. We have a variety of facilities and things to do on the Barnburgh Clinic, including a large sports barn, two well equipped gyms and areas for activities such as cooking, computers, arts and music. We also have a multi-faith room you can use for prayer and reflection.

    The Gateway Recovery College for secure services provides a range of courses you can enrol in, should you and your clinical team feel they would be helpful in your recovery. This provides a safe place to learn and develop.

    We also use the ‘My Shared Pathway’ model and the Recovery Star tool to help provide you with meaningful goals and positive outcomes during your time here.

  • Interpreters

    Staff can arrange an interpreter if you need one.

  • Travel information

    Contact Nexus Traveline: Tel: 0871 200 22 33

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
    • We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.
    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • Contact details

    Cuthbert Annexe
    Bamburgh Clinic
    St Nicholas’ Hospital
    Jubilee Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE3 3XT
    Tel: 0191 246 7255

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    2021 Copyright, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
    Ref, PIC/845/0421 April 2021 V1 Tel: 0191 246 7288
    Review date 2024