Bracton Centre Bexley

Visitors to wards

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, our wards are now closed to visitors. We realise that this will be difficult for many people, however it is something we have had to do in order to protect patients, staff and visitors alike. 

We will keep this decision under constant review and as soon as we are able, we will reopen the wards.


The Bracton Centre provides a range of specialist forensic mental health services for people aged 18 - 65 living in the boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham and other boroughs when requested. The centre offers assessment, treatment and rehabilitation and has the following clinics providing 24 hour services:

Danson Clinic
An 18 bed unit within a medium secure setting which provides a rehabilitation service for male service users with longer term needs from the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

Burgess Clinic
A 16 bed unit within a medium secure setting for assessment and treatment of male service users from the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

Crofton Clinic
A 16 bed unit within a medium secure setting for assessment and treatment of male service users from the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. 

Heath Clinic
A 16 bed medium secure unit for women with challenging behaviour from the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. 

Joydens Unit
A specialist service for 13 women from the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham needing care in a medium secure environment. 

Birchwood pre-discharge service
Enables 12 people from the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham to be cared for in self-contained accommodation. 

Oxleas Patient Experience survey

The Oxleas Patient Experience survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on the care and treatment you have received. We also encourage your friends, family and carers to also provide feedback. Hearing your views gives us a better understanding of the needs of our patients, families and carers which helps us to make sure that we are providing a good standard of care. 

The short survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can provide a written comment explaining what you think is working well and what is not. The Patient Experience team will collect the results of the surveys and these are shared with the relevant departments and management teams. This helps us to shape our services to continually improve the quality of the care and treatment we provide.

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Bracton Centre

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How to find us:

Nearest BR station: Bexley

Buses: B12 or 423

By car: A2 then A2018 towards Bexley

Address:

Bracton Centre
off Leyton Cross Road
Dartford
Kent

DA2 7AF

Public phone number:

01322 294300

Fax number:

01322 292103


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3 Comments

One of the best facilities I have ever come across. The staff are friendly and helpful; I engaged with patient and he had nothing but positive things to say about the service provided here and something rarely heard, he praised all the staff members .

Great for the community

Good wishes

MHM

Thank you very much for your kind comments about our services here at the Bracton Centre. This will be shared at our regular staff briefing and I know that colleagues will appreciate the recognition.

Thanks again for taking the time to submit your feedback.

Keith Soper, Director
Forensic & Prison Services

My daughter who is a patient has arrived home for a for a visit. We were shocked to see how much weight she has put on since she has been in your care. She is only 5ft and weighs over 16 stone. The previous hospital let her weight go up quite considerably despite us stating our concerns. We had hoped that you would have addressed this particularly as you weigh her every week. We estimate she has put on 3 stones since she came to you. we find this absolutely appalling, she is so fat she finds walking difficult. Why are you not addressing this problem? Are you just going to allow her to gain weight every week? Don't you understand the Health risks involved. It's no good saying that she is responsible for the amount she eats. She's in a mental health hospital for goodness sake! She needs help and support to help her lose weight. Allowing to gain so much weight is totally irresponsible of you.

Dear Terry

Thank you for raising your concern regarding your daughter's weight gain. Having reviewed the clinical notes, I can confirm that since her transfer, she has gained 1.1kg. However, we recognise the importance of physical health and particularly weight gain amongst our service users. To this end where weight is an issue, weekly weight checks are conducted.

Service users work closely with staff and some have joined the weekly Heath Slimming World group, which involves advice and support with diet and also encouragement with exercise.

If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to call Jenny Hellmann on 01322 297 185.

Regards

John Enser
Director of Forensic and Prison Services

Excellent. God bless u richly