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Whorlton Hall

Whorlton Hall exterior 1Location: Barnard Castle     
Number of beds: 17      
Gender: Mixed       
Age: 18+
Service: Hospital 

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Chris Shield      

Chris Shield 2017 

Whorlton Hall
Whorlton Village
County Durham DL12 8XQ
01833 627 278

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Whorlton Hall is an Independent Hospital for adults living with a learning disability

Located in a picturesque village near to Barnard Castle, County Durham, Whorlton Hall provides assessment and treatment for men and women living with a learning disability and complex needs. The team can also support those who have additional mental or physical health needs or complex behaviours, and also individuals who are detained under the Mental Health Act.

Whorlton Hall is a beautiful and spacious detached, grade 2 listed period property, surrounded by stunning countryside in an idyllic village location. The service comprises of three separate elements:

  • A separate three bedroomed suite offering more intensive support and accommodation for three men. This suite has a shared lounge and dining room to help promote social skills and independent living skills.
  • Two individual bespoke apartments that give the service user the separate living space that they require. Each apartment has an en-suite, a lounge diner and one of them hosts its own separate art room.
  • 12 bedrooms each with their own en-suite facilities. Accommodation is generous and the people we support can choose between the specially designed gender specific lounges and living areas, affording them higher levels of privacy and comfort. Each person also has a choice of which dining areas they would like to use. One of the areas within the hospital hosts a separate lounge, diner and life skills kitchen, enabling people to gain the skills required for independent living allowing them to cook for and entertain their visitors.

Other facilities include an activities hub for crafts, games and skills sessions, a recreation room with pool and table football, an IT suite and a beauty and aromatherapy room.

When people come to Whorlton Hall we find out how they would like to personalise their bedroom and we support them to make it their own. We also like to find out what they like to do and what interests them. Whorlton Hall has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. People are also supported to plan menus, shop and prepare food with support to increase their daily living skills in readiness for moving on. Whorlton Hall is set in large grounds surrounded by lawns and seating areas. Service users enjoy using the outdoor sporting equipment including playing games of football and cricket.

Service users have access to a Sports Coordinator, who visits weekly, educational opportunities from external sources, and volunteer projects, such as dog walking for the local dogs trust, and church activities. There are opportunities to learn new skills, gain self-confidence and take part in valuable experiences.  A wide range of regular community access is also available to service users at Whorlton Hall.

Whorlton Hall is located in County Durham, approximately three miles east of Barnard Castle. On the edge of the river Tees, Whorlton Hall has access to all the amenities that a rural village location can offer, including a pub, church and a village hall. It is just a short drive to the medieval market town of Barnard Castle where there is a pharmacy, shops, restaurants, pubs, cafés, a leisure centre, and castle ruins containing a sensory garden.

People come to Whorlton Hall from a home environment, supported living or residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may also come following a stay at an NHS or other specialist learning disability service, including a secure service.

Our Model of Care

Within Whorlton Hall we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
3. Therapeutic Outcomes
4. Healthy Lifestyles
5. Safe Services

We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

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