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Maindiff Court Hospital

Maindiff Court Hospital
Ross Road

Tel: 01873 735500
  • About Maindiff Court Hospital
  • Location
  • Getting there
  • Car Parking
  • Facilities
  • Visiting Arrangements

About Maindiff Court Hospital

Maindiff Court Hospital is situated approximately 2 miles from Abergavenny town centre and is set within the 7 mountains, namely, Sugar Loaf, Blorenge, Skirrid Fawr, Skirrid Fach, Deri, Rholben and Llanwenarth breast, and is within beautifully kept walled grounds. Maindiff Court's earliest occupants were the Crawshay-Bailey family in the 1870's. One of its most noted patients was Rudolph Hess, deputy to Adolph Hitler.

Maindiff Court today comprises of 4 wards, 1 day hospital and an ECT Department which lie within beautifully kept grounds. The original balustrade can be seen leading down to the day hospital. It also provides a base for 6 Consultant Teams, as follows:
  • Ty Skirrid

    Ty Skirrid is a 12-bedded ward for the Gwent-wide forensic rehabilitation service. All bedrooms are individual with pleasant views of the grounds. The ward caters for men and women who have a mental disorder and have offended or are at risk of offending and provides on-going psychiatric treatment. The unit is staffed on a 24-hour basis.

    The unit offers social and psychological intervention with an emphasis on community re-integration as many of the clients have previously been in prisons or secure accommodation. The unit also has access to local services to provide off site occupational therapy and adult education via the local college. The unit has access to a gardening project in Newport and clients attend on a daily basis.

    Within the unit clients are actively taught and encouraged to develop daily living skills, e.g., clients are encouraged to self cater from admission via monies supplied instead of ward meals. 
  • Lindisfarne

    Lindisfarne is a 3-bedded un-staffed unit which is adjacent to and overlooked by Ty Skirrid staff. The unit provides unsupervised semi-independent living for clients prior to discharge.  
  • Hiraeth Day Hospital

    Hiraeth provides 12 places a day for 5 days a week for the Abergavenny and rural communities. The services is split as follows:

    • 4 days for those suffering with dementia
    • 1 day for those suffering with a functional illness 

    This is a community-based unit providing treatment for sufferers and support for carers. The day hospital opens from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. each week day, providing social, psychological and physical therapies including Snoezelen, gardening, quizzes, boules, music, relaxation, outings, reminiscence and a Chaplaincy service.  
  • ECT Department

    ECT is an abbreviation for Electro-Convulsive Therapy. The treatment is administered under a general anaesthetic.

    The ECT department provides treatment facilities for units situated within the North of the county. The team is headed by a consultant psychiatrist who attends on a sessional basis and is supported by the following staff:

    • A dedicated Consultant Anaesthetist who will attend for the two sessions per week.
    • A Senior House Officer trained in the administration of E.C.T.
    • A trained first level nurse who will organise appointments for the patients and help during the treatment and recovery phases.
    • A trained first or second level nurse from the patient's ward who will help supervise each of the stages (preparation, treatment and recovery).

    The department comprises a waiting area with male and female toilet facilities, a treatment area and a recovery area.  
  • Gwent Specialist Substance Misuse Service

    This is a Gwent-wide service fostering the theme of partnerships, working to address the complex needs of the client group. It offers a spectrum of services, from advice and information to alternative prescribing and in-patient detoxification, to promote positive change in serious substance misuse.

    The service is led by one Consultant Psychiatrist and is run on a multidisciplinary team approach.

    Maindiff House offers a base to the management team and operates a Young Persons service. Additional teams are based at Newport, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent.

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    Maindiff Court Hospital is situation on the eastern outskirts of Abergavenny on the Ross Road.

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    Getting there:

    By car:

    From the South (M4)

    From the M4 travelling east

    1. Take exit 26 to Cwmbran.
    2. Continue north up Malpas Road and take the right turn at the roundabout, the A4042 to Abergavenny.
    3. Follow signs to Abergavenny.
    4. Just south of Abergavenny is a large roundabout (the Hardwick roundabout), take the third left exit, the A465 to Hereford.
    5. About a mile and a half along this road is a short stretch of dual-carriage way, with a right turn for Skenfrith.
    6. Take this right turn and follow the road to the T-junction (a few hundred yards).
    7. Turn left at the junction.
    8. Maindiff Court is a few hundred yards on the right and is sign-posted.

    From the M4 travelling west

    Take Junction 25A, heading for Abergavenny via the A4042, then continue as from point 2 above.

    From the North

    1. The main road into Abergavenny from the north is the A465 from Hereford.
    2. Follow this road and take a left turn for Skenfrith just outside Abergavenny.
    3. Follow the road to the T-junction (a few hundred yards).
    4. Turn left at the junction.
    5. Maindiff Court is a few hundred yards on the right and is sign-posted.

    From the East

    1. The main road into Abergavenny from the east is the A40/A449, linking with the M50 from the Midlands and Chepstow.
    2. Follow signs for Abergavenny.
    3. Just south of Abergavenny is a large roundabout (the Hardwick roundabout), take the fourth left exit, the A465 to Hereford.
    4. Continue as from point 5 when coming from the south.

    From the West
    1. The main road into Abergavenny from the west is the A40 from Brecon.
    2. Follow the signs for Abergavenny town centre along the Brecon Road.
    3. At the light controlled junction with Park Road (opposite the ESSO Garage) turn left onto the Hereford Road
    4. Turn right into Grosvenor Road (just past the shop on the left). 
    5. This junction is signposted for Skenfrith and Maindiff Court.  The Hospital junction is about a mile and a half along the road on the right.

By Public Transport:

By Rail

Abergavenny is on the main West Coast line from Swansea and Cardiff to Hereford and beyond. The station is about a mile and a half from the hospital, and taxis are available. There is no bus link to the hospital.

By Bus

Abergavenny is served by many different bus routes locally and nationally from Cardiff, Newport and Hereford, but there is no link from the bus station to the hospital, however taxis are available. The journey is about a mile and a half. 

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Car Parking:

Although there is car parking for approximately 60 cars at the hospital, parking can sometimes be problematic.

Please ensure that the main driveways are kept free of obstruction at all times, to allow access for emergency vehicles.

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All meals are prepared at the unit and individual dietary needs are catered for on request.

Patient Meal Times are:

Breakfast 8.00 am to 9.00 am
Lunch 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm
Tea 4.45 pm to 6.00 pm
Supper 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Tea/Coffee and cold drinks are available throughout the day under the supervision of ward staff.

Staff/Visitors Snacks:

There is a vending machine for coffee and snacks in the former dining area.


There is a pay phone located in Ty Skirrid.

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Visiting arrangements:
(All visiting times are subject to change)
Ty Skirrid/Lindisfarne:
After 5.00 pm on week days
10.00 am to 8.00 pm on weekends
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm and
6.00 pm to 8.00 pm every day

During exceptional circumstances, visiting will be permitted at other times with the prior agreement of the nurse in charge.

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Please observe the Health Board's no smoking policy.

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Last updated: 08 May 2012