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Men's Low Secure Services (Suffolk) (Foxhall House)

  • Foxhall House is a 16-bedded unit for offending men or men at risk of offending, over the age of 18, who have a mental illness and who require a low secure setting.

  • Service Manager Lead: Lindsay Sadler
  • Service Contact: 01473 322200
  • Address:
    Foxhall House,  C/o Ribbans Park (formerly St Clements Hospital),  Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LS
  • Reception hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

What this service offers

Foxhall House aims to deliver a comprehensive service provision at a low secure level, as a joint working initiative in conjunction with other agencies and service providers.

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

Our multi-disciplinary team includes a range of qualified staff from doctors and nurses, social workers and occupational therapists to assistant practitioners and gym instructors. The team provide specialist mental health assessment and formulation, treatment interventions, rehabilitation, recovery programmes, risk assessment and management of risk.

The support offered will be collaboratively created on an individual basis taking into consideration the risks associated with the offending behaviors and the person’s mental health state, along with any Home Office restrictions.

What conditions do you treat?

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

Access this service

The service accepts referrals from medium secure units, the ‘Ministry of Justice’, national offender management services, other inpatient wards within the trust and further afield. All referrals received are reviewed by the secure services referral team once a week.

Someone 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 and the team reviews this regularly.

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 carers and carer’s assessments are available within the carer’s booklet for Foxhall House.

Visiting and onsite facilities

Car park available on site. Ward to be contacted for access code prior to any visits.

Urgent help

If you are a service user and are in crisis and need support urgently you can contact your service on 01473 322 200.  

Call 111 and select the mental health option to speak to our 24 hour mental health crisis line.

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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