Adults' Inpatient Mental Health Services - Halton

Who we are
We provide mental health inpatient services for adults in Halton. Our male inpatient ward is called Bridge Ward and our female inpatient ward is called Weaver Ward.

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.

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 Knowsley, St HelensWarrington and Wigan.

Practical information
Bridge Ward and Weaver Ward are based at the Brooker Centre at Halton Hospital in Runcorn.

Paid parking is available onsite at the hospital through a number plate recognition scheme, and is managed by the NHS trust that runs Halton Hospital (Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). There is a pay machine inside the main reception of the Brooker Centre, which will ask you to enter your car registration number. You do not need to display your ticket in your car.

Visiting times

Visiting times for Bridge Ward and Weaver Ward are:

  • Monday to Sunday, 2.30-4.30pm and 6.30-8pm

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

As with the rest of our buildings, the Brooker Centre is smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building or 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 Bridge Ward and Weaver Ward at the Brooker Centre on the 'Our Locations' section of our website. 

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Contact us
Bridge Ward (male) 
The Brooker Centre
Halton Hospital
Hospital Way

Tel: 01928 753 901

Weaver Ward (female)
The Brooker Centre
Halton Hospital
Hospital Way

Tel: 01928 753 852