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Barefoot Lodge - Bexley

  • Barefoot Lodge is a mixed-gender, 15-bed inpatient open rehabilitation unit for people with significant mental health problems.

    The unit provides a comfortable, purpose-built therapeutic environment where individuals with complex mental health receive high-quality care and support. We focus on rehabilitation, recovery and helping patients achieve greater independence.

    Our philosophy of care is based on personal recovery. The principal aim is to provide assessment, intervention and rehabilitation for men and women who require intensive inpatient rehabilitation so they can maintain a meaningful life in the community.

    We take a positive approach and attempt to help each patient in several ways. This includes:

    • Providing choice
    • Promoting independence
    • Increasing life skills
    • Taking positive risks
    • Social inclusion
    • Making psycho-social interventions

    We are part of the South London Partnership (SLP) - a collaboration between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Southwest London and St Georges NHS Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. 

  • Address: Barefoot Lodge,  Goldie Leigh Hospital,  Lodge Hill,  Abbey Wood, London, SE2 0AY
  • Reception phone number: 0208 319 7163 or 0208 319 7200

How to access this service

To access this service, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or above.
  • Have persistent psychotic symptoms.
  • Show impairment in social and personal functioning as a result of enduring psychosis.
  • Have been re-admitted multiple times to inpatient units (more than three in the previous two years) or have had an inpatient stay of over 60 days.
  • Need a restrictive setting and be unable to receive support in the community. Generally, this means you are subject to Section 3 of the Mental Health Act due to a risk to yourself or others.


We do not accept referrals for people who:

  • Have a primary diagnosis of personality disorder, moderate learning disability, dementia or ASD.
  • Can receive care and support in the community.
  • Are referred from PICU (only exceptional cases will be referred for assessment).
  • Have an acute or untreated psychiatric illness. Service users must be capable of engaging in psychiatric interviews and assessments. They must also be able to participate in multidisciplinary interventions.
  • Have a primary diagnosis of substance misuse.

There is a single point of access for the team. Referrals should be sent to:

Single point of Access Complex Care, South London Partnership

The SLP screens referrals and the team at Barefoot Lodge is invited to join the weekly panels. The SLP and Barefoot Lodge Team then make a joint assessment within seven days of the panel date.

Barefoot Lodge has a weekly referral meeting at 9.30am on Tuesdays to discuss new referrals with the wider team. An assessment is written-up with recommendations for referral if Barefoot Lodge is not the best service to help the patient. 

Barefoot Lodge - How to contact this service

Barefoot Lodge,

Goldie Leigh Hospital,

Lodge Hill,

Abbey Wood,



E-mail: (Unit Manager)

Public phone number: 0208 319 7163 or 0208 319 7200

Manager direct line: 020 8319 7164

Fax: 02083197167

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