Luton and Central Bedfordshire Mental Health Unit,
Off Calnwood Road, Bedfordshire Luton  LU4 0FB


01582 657545

Onyx Ward (Luton)

Who we are

Onyx Ward is an Acute Inpatient Service providing 24 hour treatment and care for 20 male patients 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.  

Teams in these wards work closely with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHT ) and the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT%

Self referrals are not accepted to this service. Please ask for a referral from one of the following: GP or Hospital – A&E.

Patients may also be referred through the locality mental health teams or internally from another health professional.

All inpatients have a thorough assessment of their care needs and risk. This leads to the development of a comprehensive treatment plan. A tailored rehabilitation programme will be put in place for each patient focusing on their specific needs and issues.

As well stabilising symptoms of mental illness, patients can access occupational and arts therapies, psychological interventions including substance misuse treatment and a range of medical services including regimes of therapeutic medication and the delivery of enhanced physical health care packages.

Each patient’s progress is managed by the clinical team utilising the Care Programme Approach which is based on a Recovery Model.

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.


Clinical speciality:

Adult Mental Health Service