Coming to Ashburn

Arrival (First day)

First Week


Community Life

Other handy info


 The Ashburn Clinic Reception Team

 Arrival (First day): On arrival at Ashburn Clinic our friendly reception staff will meet you and go through an admission form with you and then you will have an admission interview with a nurse. 

This interview will cover background information about you, a nursing physical assessment, the difficulties that have brought you to Ashburn  Clinic, and what you hope to achieve here. You will also have an interview with a psychiatrist.
  A buddy (fellow patient) will be assigned to you right  away and will help you get settled in and find your way around Ashburn.         


First Week: This is a settling-in period as you gradually get to know some of the routines of Ashburn Clinic. People often feel overwhelmed or frightened during this time as there is a lot to come to terms with in a new environment. Also, being around other people who are unwell can be distressing.

Although getting through the first week can be difficult, you will be given a lot of support from our staff and from your fellow patients who have had experience of what you are going through. You will also usually begin individual sessions with your assigned psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and have a physical check-up with a GP. Patients and staff will also be taking time to get to know you.

Treatment/Therapy: This takes place in a range of ways; through group therapy; through participation in the meetings, activities and interactions which take place in a therapeutic community and through individual sessions with your psychotherapist and psychiatrist. Therapy work involves the honest communication of your feelings, so it is always challenging. You will participate actively in your own treatment, and you will also contribute to the ongoing work of other patients.

Community Life: As well as your group and individual therapy, there are communal tasks, community meetings, and sporting and recreational activities. There is also unstructured time throughout the day, and in the evenings and at weekends. You are encouraged to interact with your fellow patients, and to support each other.

Other handy info: Bedroom

Rooms: At Ashburn Clinic you have your own private room and you are welcome to decorate it in your own way.

Wards: We have three wards (two in-patient and one day-patient providing a day programme), all are mixed male and female.

Safety: There are no locks or security gates to keep you inside. Instead, we encourage people to form relationships with staff and other patients, and in the first week of your stay at Ashburn Clinic regular monitoring of your state will take place.

Food:   A continental breakfast is available each day.   For lunch and dinner a range of dishes (hot and cold) are provided for you to choose from.  Individual dietary needs are also catered for by our enthusiastic kitchen staff.  Please discuss any special needs that you might have with our dietician.


Kitchen staff at Ashburn Clinic

The Kitchen Team at Ashburn Clinic

What to bring: face cloths; coat hangers; laptop; personal medication; warm clothing for cold weather; walking shoes; sports shoes (with white soles), music CDs, handicrafts;
Leave at home: alcohol, non-prescription drugs.


For more information, please download our brochure , email or call us.


Phone us: 03 476 2092 


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