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Glenbourne Unit - Livewell Southwest

Glenbourne is an acute hospital for people suffering from mental health problems aged between 18 - 65 years who cannot be supported at home.

These illnesses can include severe depression, manic phases of an illness or distressing psychotic symptoms.

Contacts details

Address:Morlaix Rd
Telephone number: 01752 268011

Sometimes, people who experience mental ill-health benefit from visiting hospital for their own safety, and to get the treatment they need to recover.

Glenbourne is a two-ward (single sex) acute mental health hospital in Plymouth for adults who are too unwell to be treated at home. They may be suffering severe depression, manic phases of an illness or experiencing distressing psychotic symptoms that may put them at risk.

At Glenbourne, we offer art therapy, mindfulness, relaxation and talking therapies, as well as support in understanding and managing medication used to treat mental illnesses.

We want people to feel safe, secure and happy in our care. Our ultimate aim here is to stabilise the worst phase of a mental illness as soon as possible, with minimum restriction, so people can return home under the care of the Home Treatment Team and continue their recovery in their community.

Place of Safety Suite 

The Place of Safety Suite at the Glenbourne Unit provides a safe haven for people going through a mental health crisis who have been detained by the Police under Section 135 or Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

The Place of Safety Suite a Glenbourne is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is run by a dedicated team.

The Suite is a calm environment where the detained person will undergo a Mental Health Act Assessment which is carried out by an Approved Mental Health Professional and an Approved Doctor.


Glenbourne has a psychologist who is part of the Specialist Adult Mental Health Psychology team. The psychologist works across both wards and provides support and consultation to staff to enrich the delivery of compassionate care.

They attend multidisciplinary team meetings ensuring that psychological opinion and input is given to each person's care. Individual support may be through ward staff, trainee psychologists, community providers or one-to-one with the psychologist, as appropriate.  This may sometimes include family members alongside patients as Glenbourne is committed to including patients, family and carers in decision-making. Where it is felt necessary, the psychologist can extend one-to-one work for a small number of sessions after discharge. The psychologist may also undertake specialist assessments to support care plans. There is opportunity for all patients to have access to psychological input via the twice-weekly psychology groups. These groups sit within a wider programme of therapeutic interventions.


Based: Plymouth
Type of care:
  • Nursing
Services available to ages:
  • 65 and over
  • Under 65
  • Mental health

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