Ashworth High Secure Hospital is part of Mersey Care’s Maghull Health Park, a centre of excellence for secure care.

New services are on the site as part of our leading work in creating a new care pathway for people with forensic mental health and learning disability needs.

Services provided

Forensic inpatient and secure wards

Maghull Health Park map

Maghull Health Park

  1. Main entrance to site
  2. Medicines Management building
  3. Indigo Building
  4. Ashworth welcome centre
  5. Ashworth staff and visitor entrance
  6. Rowan View Medium Secure Hospital
  7. Car park
  8. Principle site of our new low secure hospital

Please follow the arrows, one way signs and speed limits whilst driving around the site.

There is free parking available on site.

Patient visitors will have access to refreshments during their visit.

Following restrictions on visiting being put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashworth Hospital is now able to offer visiting times once again.

  • Two visits will be allowed in the Exchange building (13.15-14.15pm and 14.45-15.45pm)
  • There will be further visits allowed on Tuesday evening 6-7.00pm.


We welcome families and friends of patients. If you wish to visit please contact the direct booking line is: 0151 471 2300 at least 72 hours in advance. 

Visits take place in the Exchange building within the secure perimeter of Ashworth Hospital. Depending on individual patient circumstances, visitors are occasionally allowed to visit on a ward.


Planning your visit

You will need to be approved as a visitor. Official visitors must be approved by the appropriate department or staff member prior to visiting the hospital in a professional capacity.

Visits can only take place if the patient consents and is well enough to take part. Visitors must comply with safety and security measures and will be asked a series of questions and requested to bring proof of identity with them.  We may make further enquiries before giving permission for a visit to take place.

All visitors are subject to the patients’ possessions policy which, for safety and security reasons, limits the type and number of items patients can have in their rooms.  It is advisable to check with staff whether an individual patient will be able to receive a specific item before any purchase is made.


When you arrive

We strongly recommended you arrive at least half an hour before your visit, to allow enough time for security procedures and escort to the visiting area.

When you arrive at the hospital visitors’ reception, you will go through a security screening measures similar to those at an airport, including:

  • Walking through a metal detector arch
  • Removal of coats, jackets, watches, jewellery items and sometimes footwear
  • X-raying of all bags and belongings
  • Each visiting person is given a rub down search over their clothing (conducted by a same sex member of staff)
  • The occasional presence of a drug detection dog

Secure lockers are provided at the visitors’ reception where you can leave prohibited items such as computers, mobile phones and sharp objects.

Facilities are available for disabled visitors and there is an interpreter service, by prior arrangement.

Visitors are not permitted to enter the hospital with food or tobacco products; you can buy drinks and snacks in the visitors’ area. Ashworth Hospital is a non-smoking NHS Hospital.

We hope you enjoy your visit and please feel free to contact us for further assistance.



We are committed to supporting contact and strengthening family ties for children who are separated from their fathers and close relatives and we will support contact whenever it is in the child's best interest and supports their wishes and feelings.

We have a dedicated member of staff who will offer guidance and a family room well equipped to meet the needs of children. A team of trained staff will be present for the visit and ensure that contact is supervised at all times.

The welfare of children is paramount and requests for contact between patients and children are carefully scrutinised to ensure the interests of the child are protected.