NHS Foundation


Townsend Court,
Mayer Way, Bedfordshire Houghton Regis  LU5 5BF


01582 707584.

Townsend Court (Bedfordshire)

Who we are

This is an 18 bedded acute female inpatient service providing  24 hour treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic place, actively engaging and involving people who are experiencing an acute mental health episode which cannot be managed in a less restrictive setting, owing to the degree of risk, clinical need or patient choice.

Many of those admitted will require detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Amendment Act 2007. Where necessary, intense supervision and support will be provided.

Patients receive individualised care and treatment based on the Care Programme Approach (CPA) which highlights crisis management and a place of safety, specialised risk assessments and risk management, intensive assessment, treatment and therapy, stabilisation of acute symptoms and relapse prevention. 

The service offers:

  • Assistance to acquire and enhance coping skills that promote and enable self- help and the self-management of mental health problems and difficulties
  • Collaborative, structured approach towards assisting people to achieve their own recovery
  • Diverse range of care
  • Individualised planning of treatment and care
  • Specialist mental health and risk assessment

Self referrals are not accepted to this service. Referrals accepted from one of the following: GP or Hospital – A&E.

The ward has a multi-disciplinary team including mental health nurses, clinical support workers, clinical psychologists, a consultant psychiatrist and medical staff. They work in partnership with the outpatients team, care co-ordinators, social workers and GPs to support the patient through their inpatient stay.



Severe symptoms of mental illness

Clinical speciality:

Adult Mental Health Service