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Learning Disabilities

These services provide specialist health care to adults with learning disabilities and additional complex health needs in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. These health needs can include autistic spectrum disorders, mental health difficulties and behaviour problems.

A team of specialist health staff from different professions provide a range of in-patient, outpatient and community treatments and interventions. Specialist healthcare staff work closely with community nurses and social workers.

You can read below a short description of all our kinds of in-patient and community-based care. You can read more about them all by clicking on the link to their individual pages.

In-patient Services

Gerry Simon – This is a regional low secure service for men with learning disabilities and complex health needs, some of whom may have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Orchard Hills - For people with learning disabilities and / or additional needs who require medical admission to a specialist assessment and treatment unit.

Penrose House – This is a specialist learning disability acute assessment and treatment service for both men and women. Separate female facilities are available.

Pond Lane - This is a service for people with a learning disability between the ages of 18-65 who live in Wolverhampton who may be presenting with mental health/challenging behaviour/physical/medical issues.

Ridge Hill - This is a service for adults aged 18 and over who have learning disabilities and / or additional needs who require rehabilitation.

The Larches at Newton House – This is a specialist step-down and rehabilitation service for men with learning disabilities and complex health needs, many of whom have been discharged from a secure environment.

Community-based Services

Dudley Learning Disabilities Specialist Health Service (The Ridge Hill Centre) - This service provides specialist healthcare to people aged 18 or over in Dudley who have a learning disability. 

Walsall Integrated Learning Disabilities Service - This service is for people with Learning Disabilities requiring health and social care support in Walsall. There are two locality teams in Walsall. The North/West Integrated Learning Disability Team are based at The Allens Centre and the South/East Team are at Broadway North Centre.

Walsall Learning Disabilities Health Facilitation Team - This service helps people with a learning disability access primary and secondary health care.  Health Facilitation is one of the objectives of 'Valuing People Now 2009' for the Learning Disabilities Service. The team work with the Community Learning Disability Nursing Team.

Joint Community-based Services

Wolverhampton Learning Disabilities Specialist Healthcare Service - This is a service is for adults in Wolverhampton with a learning disability.