HMP Preston

HMP Preston Healthcare Department and Inpatient Unit

We provide a full healthcare service including primary care, mental health, dental, optician and podiatry services.

We are also the regional inpatient facility for numerous prisons within the North West region, providing an enhanced level of care to patients requiring mental health or physical health input.

HMP Preston Inpatient Facility

HMP Preston Inpatients Facility is a 30 bedded unit, with 18 beds in the mental health unit and 12 beds in the physical health unit.

We provide:

  • End of life Care                                
  • Chronic Disease management
  • Emergency assessment and treatment
  • Consistent GP service and on call facility
  • Physical health inpatient care
  • Mental health inpatient care
  • Blood, ECG and Blood pressure clinics
  • Comprehensive wound management facility
  • Access to Podiatry and Opticians
  • Respiratory service
  • Psychological well-being practitioner clinics
  • Counselling services
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Daily Psychiatry clinics

How to access the service

Prisoners require a referral from:

  • GP
  • Primary care staff
  • Integrated Mental Health Team (IMHT)
  • Regional bed facility - referrals from other prisons
  • Prisoner self referral
  • Prison staff
  • Criminal Justice Liaison Team

A Special Sick (Drop in centre) is also available.

Where this service is provided and how to contact us

We provide this service within a healthcare department within the prison.

HMP Preston
2 Ribbleton Lane

Mental Health Inpatients Unit Manager Tel: 01772 444741
Physical Health Inpatients Unit Manager Tel: 01772 444757

HMP Preston Integrated Mental Health Team (I.M.H.T.)

The team offers a full Mental Health assessment from initial reception through to discharge, this is carried out through referrals from other prison staff, including healthcare professionals, prison staff, probation officers, drug and alcohol workers, teachers or the Criminal Justice Liaison Team working in the police custody suites.

Assessments are carried out within the 'Stepped Care Model' of care, with Step 2 & 3 being Primary Care Assessment, Counselling and IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, and Step 4 being Secondary Mental Health Service with Care Coordination.

The I.M.H.T. also offers a Crisis resolution service to prisoners between 8.00am and 4.30pm every day of the year, this offers a 'Crisis solution' and support service.

The I.M.H.T. also attend all A.C.C.T. reviews within the prison in order to maintain close links with the Safer Custody Team at HMP Preston encouraging early intervention for Mental Health issues.

How to access the service

Single Point of Access (SPoA) referral form can be completed by any member of staff at HMP Preston who has concerns regarding the mental health of any prisoner. The team will then discuss the referral, before deciding on the level of urgency. The team then offer a routine or priority assessment at Step 2/3 or 4 (stepped care model).

Crisis service: By telephone to the office or by contacting one of the I.M.H.T. team who will pass the concern on to the duty crisis worker.

Access to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) via Mental Health Practitioners or directly from SPoA referrals meeting if appropriate.

Access to Counsellors via SPoA or Mental Health Practitioner referral following assessment.

Where the service is provided and how to contact us

All I.M.H.T. services are provided from and within HMP Preston. We are 'wing based' in order to make us accessible to wing staff and therefore provide the best possible service for prisoners.

HMP Preston
2 Ribbleton Lane

I.M.H.T. office Tel: 01772 444760 or 444858