Adults' Inpatient Mental Health Services - Wigan

Who we are
We provide mental health inpatient services for adults in Wigan and Leigh. Our male inpatient ward is called Sovereign Unit and our female inpatient ward is called Westleigh Unit.

Our inpatient wards provide a safe and comfortable environment to promote recovery and mental wellbeing, and meet your needs as an individual. Every service user will have their own private en-suite bedroom, as well as access to communal living areas and activity rooms on the wards.

We also have a psychiatric intensive care unit at Atherleigh Park called Priestner's Unit for adults with the highest level of mental health needs.

Who is our service for?
Our inpatient mental health services are for adults with severe mental health problems like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression.

Wherever possible, we aim to support our service users in the community and only a small number the service users we see will need to be treated by our inpatient services.

If your mental health needs do become more complex, it may be felt that a stay on one of our wards would be the best way to meet your current level of needs.

Who do we work in partnership with?
We work closely with our community mental health services such as our assessment teams, home treatment teams and recovery teams to ensure a smooth transition to community services when you are discharged from one of our wards and make sure you have the right support in place to enable you to stay well in the community.

We also work with other local services such as social services, housing services, substance misuse services and your GP.

How to access our service
As our mental health wards are specialist services, you can't self-refer to them.

If you are experiencing symptoms of mental illness, please make an appointment to see your GP who will be able to talk to you about your symptoms and how they are affecting you. They will then be able to advise on which local services they think will be able to help and make a referral for you.

If you are already open to one of our community mental health services, contact your care coordinator or alternatively, you can contact your local mental health assessment team directly.

If you are experiencing mental health crisis and need urgent help, please visit the 'help in a crisis' page on our website.

Where else do we provide the service?
We also provide inpatient mental health services in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington.

Practical information
Sovereign Unit and Westleigh Unit are based at Atherleigh Park, off Atherleigh Way in Leigh.

Atherleigh Park has free parking for all staff and visitors.

Visiting times

Visiting times for Westleigh and Sovereign Units are:

  • Monday to Friday, 1 - 2pm and 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 2 - 4pm and 6 - 8pm

If you are experiencing difficulty visiting during these hours please speak to the nurse in charge.  

As with the rest of our buildings, our Atherleigh Park site is smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building or in the hospital grounds. Service users will be supported to abstain from smoking while on our wards and will be given nicotine replacement therapy as part of their care plan to support them to manage their addiction. For more information on this, please visit our smokefree page.

View 360 degree tours of our inpatient units

You can view a 360 degree virtual tour of Sovereign Unit and Westleigh Unit at Atherleigh Park on the 'Our Locations' section of our website. 

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​Contact us
Sovereign Unit (male) 
Atherleigh Park
Atherleigh Way

Tel: 01942 636 396 
(between 9am and 5pm)
Tel: 01942 636 415
(between 5pm and 9am)

Westleigh Unit (female)
Atherleigh Park
Atherleigh Way

Tel: 01942 636 415 
(between 9am and 5pm)
Tel: 01942 636 415
(between 5pm and 9am)