Ash Villa - information for young people

Ash Villa is an inpatient unit for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. On the ward you will be assessed and offered appropriate treatment for a range of mental health difficulties.

You will have a named nurse who will speak to you about your treatment and care and the team will work with you and your family whilst you are on the unit.

The facilities on the unit include: Ash Villa school, group and individual therapy sessions, gymnasium, outside gardens and playground. A range of leisure activities including yoga and tai chi to support wellbeing are also offered.

“I have been at Ash Villa for six months. Before I was admitted I was very worried as to what the unit would be like. However, when I arrived I was surprised at how welcoming the place was. There are rules you have to follow but these help to keep the structure of the unit for everyone’s benefit.

The staff have been really helpful in my recovery and easy to talk to when times have been challenging. I was worried about what the other patients would be like but once you settle in you become like a family looking out for each other and making friends.”

Daily programme

The day starts at 7am when you will be woken up for breakfast. The day programme will be run between 9am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday. During this time you will not have access to your bedroom.

You can expect to have 3 individual sessions per week with a named worker. These may include a mixture of:

  • CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy)
  • DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy)
  • Compassion based therapy
  • EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing)
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Dietetic and nutritional support

You will be expected to attend group therapy at Ash Villa such as:

  • Solution focused therapy
  • DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy)
  • Body image group
  • Art therapy
  • Plan your week
  • Your voice
  • Music appreciation
  • Daily living skills
  • Education
  • Therapeutic activities

People who may be involved in your treatment and care

  • You
  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Dietician
  • Art therapist
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Teacher

Personal possessions

It can be difficult to decide what belongings you will need whilst you are in hospital and there is a list of items that are banned or restricted to keep you and other people safe whilst you are on the ward.

Any items you bring onto the ward are subject to being searched by members of staff. If there are any issues relating to personal items, staff will discuss these with yourself and your family/carer.

Any items that you bring with you are your responsibility to look after. It is your responsibility to keep your bedroom and general ward areas tidy. Please clean up after yourself.

You are not permitted to enter other people’s bedrooms.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding personal property, please speak to a member of staff.

You may wish to bring items such as hairdryers and straighteners into the hospital. These are included on the list of items which may only be used under supervision and when not in use will be securely locked away by staff.

Mobile phones

Personal mobile phones with a camera and recording facilities are not allowed on the unit. Your parents may, if they wish provide you with a basic mobile phone which does not have any internet or camera facility.

Mobile phone use is restricted to promote attendance in education and therapeutic groups. It has been our experience that phones have been used for bullying and inappropriate messages so to support everyone’s safety phones can be used during the following times: Monday-Friday: 6pm-9:30pm. Saturday and Sunday: From waking to 9.30pm.

The unit has a mobile phone policy which you may ask to see if you require further information and staff will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding this. Please note, our mobile phone policy is currently being reviewed therefore the above information is subject to change.

Ash Villa

Willoughby Road
South Rauceby
Sleaford
Lincolnshire
NG34 8QA

Tel: 01529 488060

Payphone: 01529 488215

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