Meadow View is a low secure unit for men with mental illness and personality disorder. Located in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, Meadow View has 28 beds to support those who are detained under the Mental Health Act.
Our service consists of two wards:
- Cedar - 14 bedded ward for men who require stabilisation and support to decrease their levels of challenging behaviour
- Ash - 14 bedded ward providing continuing care with a focus on rehabilitation and community reintegration and preparing the person to move further along the care pathway or to community living
Meadow View provides a full treatment pathway for those requiring rehabilitation and we focus on patients learning new skills, embedding these in everyday life, progressing to maintenance of skills necessary for community living, as well as reducing risk behaviours and promotion of health and quality of life. There is a continued emphasis on the rights of patients, their quality of life and promotion of independence that enhances the patient experience and prepares them for community living.
The Meadow View full time specialist multidisciplinary team (MDT) comprises of:
- A Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
- Occupational Therapist
- Social Worker
- Consultant Psychologist
- Multi-skilled nursing team
- Speech and Language Therapist
The therapy and treatment we provide at Meadow View aims to optimise each patient's psychological, occupational and social wellbeing through both individual and group work, and is tailored to meet the needs of each patient to support them to move on to a safe and appropriate community placement as soon as possible.
We believe the environment in which therapy takes place, is just as important as the treatment itself so we provide a range of onsite facilities which are utilised as part of the intensive care we offer:
- Rehabilitation kitchen
- Activity room
- Multi-faith room
- Computer room
- Quiet room
- Spacious outdoor grounds
At Meadow View we believe that access to the community and opportunities for social interaction outside of a hospital setting are a key part of recovery. Patients are encouraged to access courses at local colleges, attend local leisure centres and utilise other community based activities.
Real work opportunities
When appropriate in their care pathway patients will be supported in developing their skills for future employment, including developing CVs, using the internet and computers and taking part in voluntary work.
Mike Bennett, Operations Director, North and Regional Executive Director North West and Midlands region, is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in specialist mental health care with a passion for making a difference to people’s lives.