Ancora House

Ancora House is our child and adolescent mental health inpatient unit based in Chester. The centre provides inpatient and day patient care (also known as Tier 4 services) for children and young people with severe and/or complex mental health conditions. The wards are subdivided into two smaller areas with day spaces and a central nurses’ station.

Our carer pledge

‘We welcome carers onto our wards and embrace the vital contribution they make to achieving the best possible outcomes for patients. This is key to our person centred approach.’

Indigo Ward

Indigo Ward has replaced Pine Lodge is a 12 bed inpatient mental health ward caring for young people with mental illness in West Cheshire.

Coral Ward

Coral Ward is the 14-bed acute assessment ward.

Ancora House School

Ancora House School is our on-site provision for a short stay school. We work with young people to develop a personalised learning plan to support their progress. We believe that the well-being of the student is of special importance and we aim to offer a positive experience where they can enjoy and achieve. Our short stay school at Pine Lodge has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Assessment and Outreach Team (AOT)

AOT are attached to Ancora House. They assess young people in Cheshire and Merseyside who are either experiencing a mental health crisis or have long standing mental health difficulties that have not improved in community treatment. They explore with young people, their parents and carers and the community team whether an inpatient admission may be of benefit. When indicated they can provide time limited step down work to young people and their families, to help reduce inpatient stay and offer additional support to help with the transitions to community care.


The Countess Of Chester Health Park
Liverpool Road

Telephone number

0300 303 3179
0300 303 3184

We provide the following service(s):

Hospital Care


  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilet and changing facilities
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