Ferndene is based at the former Prudhoe Hospital site and provides regional and national Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for children and young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Tier 4 CAMHS are for patients with more complex needs usually requiring inpatient treatment. Ferndene has three wards – Redburn, Riding and Stephenson.
Redburn is an inpatient general adolescent service with ten beds providing specialist care and treatment to young people with severe and or complex mental disorders who cannot be adequately or safely treated within community children and young people’s services (CYPS). This includes young people with mild learning disability and autism spectrum disorders who do not need inpatient CAMHS learning disability services.
Mental disorders can include depression, psychoses, eating disorders, severe anxiety disorders and emerging personality disorder. Young people admitted to this service may or may not be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act.
Telephone: 01661 838 491
The Riding is an inpatient assessment and treatment service for young people with complex mental health, behavioural and emotional needs, including those with a learning disability.
The Riding is designed to offer high levels of care and treatment to young people who require intensive levels of support to help them recover from an acute mental health disorder. The environment is designed to be safe and aims to provide individualised care to all service users.
There are a total of 10 beds on The Riding, providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for young persons between the ages of 13-18 years old. Four are for young people with psychiatric intensive care needs and six are for low secure environmental needs of young people. The latter of which has three beds for young people on the ‘Learning Disability Pathway’ and three beds on the ‘Mental Health Pathway’
Telephone: 01661 838 514
Stephenson provides inpatient assessment and treatment for young people aged 12 to 18 years who have complex mental health needs and require a high level of supervision in a medium secure environment. This includes young people with a learning disability.
Telephone: 01661 838 488
How to get referred
Admissions to Ferndene will be through a specialist mental health service or following a GP referral to a consultant.