Tel: 0191 441 5700


About the hospital

The specially designed building sits in a beautifully landscaped environment on the outskirts of Durham. The hospital provides modern and spacious accommodation for a range of mental health and learning disability services.

Each of the single, en-suite bedrooms is on the ground floor with a window seat, most of which overlook the surrounding countryside. Each of the wards has its own enclosed garden and each unit includes communal living areas and kitchens.

The light and spacious atrium entrance opens up to a coffee shop and leads into a beautiful central courtyard with seating areas for everyone to enjoy.

Wards at Lanchester Road Hospital

Click on the ward name to find out more about each ward.

Bek - learning disability (adults) assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services

Farnham - adult inpatient services, male

Harland - low secure forensic long term treatment ward for male adults with a learning disability

Langley - low secure forensic rehabilitation ward for male adults with a learning disability

Ramsey - learning disability (adults) assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services

Roseberry, Bowes Lyon Unit - older people's assessment and treatment inpatient services

Tunstall - adult inpatient services, female 


Please note that inpatient services previously provided at Picktree ward in the Bowes Lyon Unit have now transferred to Auckland Park Hospital, Bishop Auckland. Excess travel reimbursement is being provided for carers and family members who are having to travel further to visit patients. Please speak to a member of your care team or ward staff at Auckland Park Hospital for further information.


Visiting times 

Please contact the hospital to ask for individual ward visiting times.

Getting to the hospital

View the hospital location and get directions from Google maps

You can also obtain public transport information from the Traveline website or by calling 0870 608 2680. 

Car parking

There are plenty of free car parking spaces available to use at Lanchester Road Hospital. Disabled parking is also available.

Car parking on the site, including Appleton House, is monitored by an external company, Excel Parking. Please make sure you park according to the notices displayed in the car park.

Cars parked on double yellow lines or in a blue badge area without displaying the badge will be liable to receive a fixed penalty notice of £40.

Bowes Lyon Unit

Visitors using the Bowes Lyon car park must sign in at the Bowes Lyon unit reception.

Wheelchair clinic

Wheelchair clinic parking bays are solely restricted to visitors and patients to this clinic.  Anyone visiting the wheelchair clinic must sign in at its reception.

Hotel services

We follow the National Standards of Cleanliness guidelines to ensure all areas are cleaned to the highest standard. We have been awarded the nationally recognised ‘hospitality assured’ accreditation, which reflects our commitment to ensuring quality standards within the hospital.

Coffee shop

The coffee shop is located by the main entrance and has a pleasant seating area overlooking the landscaped central courtyard.
The café is open from 9.00am – 3.00pm, Monday to Friday and offers a range of hot and cold snacks, sandwiches and drinks. Vending machines are available out-of-hours serving snacks and beverages. 

Faith centre and chaplaincy service

The faith centre is available to everyone - to service users, carers, visitors and staff and to people of any faith or no particular faith. It is a place where all can come to find a measure of quiet and peace.

There are spiritual writings and prayers available. For Muslim users of the faith centre, the direction of the holy city of Mecca is indicated and washing facilities are provided.

The faith centre is also the base for the work of the chaplaincy team at Lanchester Road Hospital. Like the centre itself, chaplains are also available to anyone involved in the life of the trust.

Our chaplains can offer, among other things, a listening ear and support, especially at times of crisis or bereavement.They can help you to think things through and make sense of experiences. They can offer a chance to pray and take part in worship, receive sacraments of the church or make contact with a local leader of a person's faith.

There is a chaplain on call from 8.00am to 8.00pm every day of the year. They can be contacted through a member of staff or by the hospital switchboard. 


The trust’s pharmacy service advises on and supports the safe and appropriate use of medicines within the trust.  Complementing our clinical activities our main hospital sites - including Lanchester Road Hospital, have dedicated on-site Lloyds pharmacies, which supply and dispense medication for inpatients as well as service users who are being cared for by our community teams.  Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Caring for the environment

This environmentally friendly building also includes a number of important features:

  • the atrium has a sedum sloping roof - the low growing plant which covers the roof helps keep it warm in winter and cool in summer
  • rainwater is collected in small tanks and then used for watering garden areas.
  • a ground source heating pump, which takes energy from the ground, reduces the need for fossil fuel heating.

Art at Lanchester Road Hospital

Click here to find out more about the artworks in the hospital.