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Broadmoor Hospital

Broadmoor is a specialist, psychiatric hospital which provides assessment, treatment and care in conditions of high security for men aged 18 and above from London and the south of England. 

It is one of three high-security psychiatric hospitals in England and Wales and treats people with mental illness and personality disorders who represent a high degree of harm to themselves or others.  The hospital is internationally renowned for its highly specialised care and research work.

The hospital is part of West London NHS Trust which has been authorised by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to provide high-secure services.

It is rated Good by the Care Quality Commission.

Multi faith room

The new hospital

Broadmoor Hospital opened in 1863.  Over 150 years later, in December 2019, the hospital moved from its predominantly Victorian buildings into a state of the art facility, purpose built to ensure a safe, therapeutic environment for the care, treatment and rehabilitation of patients who need high-secure psychiatric care.

See here for more information and images of the new hospital

A safe, therapeutic environment

At any one time, we care for up to 210 men, over the age of 18 years, who suffer from a mental disorder and are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

The average stay at the hospital is five and a half years, although many patients’ stays are considerably shorter. Patients are transferred to conditions of lower security once the risks that they posed are reduced.

Patients are admitted from prison, court or a medium-secure hospital. Some have not committed an offence, but are considered to pose such a degree of risk that they need treatment in a high-secure environment.

Patients are transferred back to the criminal justice system or conditions of lower security when they no longer need care in a
high-secure environment.

Broadmoor Hospital exterior

Recovery and rehabilitation

We work with patients on their rehabilitation and recovery, supporting them to take a more active role in, and responsibility for, their own care.

The hospital provides a full range of therapeutic treatments and activities, tailored to each patient's needs.

These include therapy and psychology-based treatment, education and vocational activities, medication and pastoral support. These aim to maximise every patient’s opportunity for recovery.


Activities and involvement

The hospital’s CQC rating


Contact us

Broadmoor Hospital
Joshua Jebb Way
RG45 7EG

01344 754202 (main reception)

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