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Men's Low Secure Services (Norfolk) (Blakeney Ward)

  • Blakeney Ward is a 16-bed ward for offending males or males at risk of offending who have a mental illness and who need a low secure setting. It is for men over the age of 18. Blakeney Ward is in Northside House.

  • Service Manager Lead: Andy Harris and Howard Muzire (Matrons)
  • Service Contact: Ward telephone number: 01603 707500
  • Address:
    Blakeney Ward,  Northside House,  Northside,  Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0HT
  • Service hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00

What this service offers

Men's Low Secure Services delivers a full service at a low secure level. This is a joint working initiative with other agencies and service providers.  

The service provides effective, evidenced-based care to the service population. The emphasis is needs-led and collaborative. It ensures that supportive services are always maintained for our service users, carers, relatives and statutory and voluntary agencies.  

The multi-disciplinary team includes qualified staff including doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, assistant practitioners and gym instructors. The team provides specialist mental health assessment and formulation, treatment interventions, rehabilitation and recovery and risk assessment and management.   

The support is created on an individual basis. The team considers the risks associated with the offending behaviours and the person’s mental health state, along with any Home Office restrictions.  

Conditions we treat on this ward:  

  • Aggression
  • Auditory hallucinations  
  • Bipolar disorder  
  • Delusions  
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Personality disorder
  • Psychosis  
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm  
  • Severe depression    
  • Suicide attempts  
  • Verbal hallucinations    
  • Violence

Access this service

Men's Low Secure Services at Blakeney Ward accepts referrals from medium secure units, the ‘Ministry of Justice’, national offender management services, other inpatient wards within the trust and further afield.  

A person can be admitted into our ward for a few months or more. The team works closely with the person to determine the best treatment based on risk reduction and assessment while they are here. The team reviews this regularly.  

Visiting and onsite facilities

Car park available on site.  

How this service support carers including friends and family

Where possible we encourage service users to maintain relationships with family and friends. Where an individual has taken on a carer role, or where there are struggles to balance the caring duties with day to day life, we will refer that person for a carer’s assessment.   

Information on support for carer’s and carer’s assessments is available within the carer’s booklet for Blakeney Ward.    

Urgent help

If you are a service user and are in crisis and need support urgently you can contact your service on 01603 421 239.  

Call 0808 196 3494 to speak to our 24 hour mental health crisis line called First Response.

If you are with someone who has attempted suicide, call 999 and stay with them until the ambulance arrives. 

If anyone is at serious risk of harm, call 999 and ask for the police. 

For non-life threatening medical situations, call NHS111 on 111.  

For more information, see Help in a Crisis

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