In-Patient Care

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In-Patient Care


Some patients really benefit from coming into hospital for in-patient care as it offers an intensive treatment programme with 24-hour care and a live-in facility.

In-patient care can provide a sometimes much needed structure and is highly effective in treating a wide range of mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, alcohol addiction and stress. Sometimes time away from your everyday living situation can be beneficial as this can remove any negative influences that might be impacting on your mental health.

We do understand that in-patient care can sometimes be an overwhelming and daunting prospect. However, we will be with you every step of the way from requesting a GP referral to answering any questions you may have. We also offer support groups for your family to help them understand and support you not only while you are in hospital but when you are discharged and back at home.

Safe Environment

Our hospital is regulated by and registered with the Care Quality Commission and delivers treatment services under the terms set out in the Health and Social Care Act and Mental Health Acts. In our most recent inspection (February 2017) we were rated Good in all five areas:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Caring
  • Responsive
  • Well-led

The Programme

At Cardinal Clinic you will take part in the group therapeutic programme that runs throughout the day. Group therapy aims to motivate, educate and facilitate change. Group therapy enables members to share feelings and experiences in a safe environment, members can gain insight and strength.

Your treatment at Cardinal Clinic is delivered by a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team who will work in partnership with you. They will ensure you reach your goals and the best outcome for your recovery. Each patient is treated as an individual and your care plan will be tailored to reflect this. You will be assigned a nurse-team who will co-ordinate you care and be your main point of contact during your stay.

Length of In-Patient Stay

The length of time you are in hospital will be discussed with you by your consultant and your progress will be continually monitored. Any changes will be quickly implemented and you will always be kept informed.

During your stay, as you improve, you will be given the opportunity and expected to have periods of leave outside the clinic and to your home, to assess how you cope in your normal environment.

What to Expect

During your stay you will have one of our individual en-suite rooms. You will be required to take part in the group programme that runs through out the day.

All meals are provided and any special dietary requirements can be catered for by our in-house team of chefs.

What to Bring

We are often asked what in-patients should bring with them when they are admitted to Cardinal Clinic.  This is our advice.


It is not necessary to bring any psychiatric medication with you (e.g. sleeping tables, anti-depressants) but please bring medication for your physical health such as blood pressure tablets as these will incur a charge of we order them for you.


Please bring casual clothing including jogging bottoms and comfortable shoes so you can take part in the relaxation and yoga classes. We have a heated indoor swimming pool that you and your family can use during your stay so please bring swim wear. You will also need to bring personal toiletries.

We have a patient laundry with complimentary washing powder and fabric softener that you can use during your stay.

Personal Possessions

We recommend that you do not bring items of value to the Clinic. There is a small safe in your bedroom which you will be able to store your purse/wallet and mobile phone but it is not big enough for a laptop.


Cardinal Clinic is set in beautiful grounds in which you can relax and unwind. Our building is unique and some parts date back to 1600’s when Oakley Green as little more than a pastoral clearing in the middle of the forest of Windsor. Situated on the outskirts of Winsor, easily accessible from the M4 and close to Heathrow airport. An ideal place for recovery.

1 in 4 people in England need mental health support*

We’re here to ensure you do not have to face it alone.

If you feel like you need professional help, we’re a private mental health hospital in Windsor with nurses on hand 24 hours a day who provide expert clinical treatment.

You can call Cardinal Clinic on 01753 869755 for confidential help and advice or send us an enquiry.

*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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