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Muckamore Abbey Hospital

Muckamore Abbey Hospital


Muckamore Abbey Hospital provides inpatient assessment and treatment facilities for people with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs, forensic needs or challenging behaviour.

Patients admitted to Muckamore are usually aged 18 and over. Children and young people aged under 18 may be admitted to the Iveagh Centre.

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Inpatient assessment and treatment
Therapeutic day services
Our teams
How to access the service 

Inpatient assessment and treatment

Cranfield 1 is an adult male admission ward. It offers a safe, therapeutic environment for a period of assessment and treatment.

Cranfield 2 provides ongoing treatment for adult males.

Ardmore is a female admission ward. It offers a safe, therapeutic environment for a period of assessment and treatment.

Erne provides multi-disciplinary care for people with a learning disability who require ongoing treatment while in hospital.

Sixmile provides assessment and treatment services for men with a learning disability. Some of these men have been referred by the criminal justice system to benefit from a healthcare environment.

Therapeutic day services

All patients in Muckamore Abbey Hospital benefit from a comprehensive therapeutic, vocational and leisure programme.

The hospital provides:

  • a swimming pool
  • an aromatherapist
  • sessions from art and music therapists

We offer a variety of individual and group therapeutic services, including:

  • personal relationships training
  • specialist work
  • anger management

Our teams

Teamwork is essential to meet the complex needs of patients. Care is provided by a number of professions and agencies and should be based on:

  • cooperation
  • shared understanding
  • respect

The core members of the multi-disciplinary teams in Muckamore are:

  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • nurses

Patients can also be referred to other team members. These include:

  • physiotherapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • dietitians
  • behavioural services
  • podiatrists
  • occupational therapists
  • complementary therapists
  • pharmacists
  • GPs
  • day care specialists
  • dentists and dental hygienists

The teams work closely with families, carers and community staff to ensure patients are discharged as soon as possible.

How to access the service

Planned admission will be agreed in advance.

Unplanned admission will take place due to the need for urgent assessment and treatment.

Admission will be on a voluntary or detained basis under the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order.