Prison Healthcare

What is this service?

On 1 April 2016 we launched our new primary healthcare service across five south west prisons:

  • HMP Bristol
  • HMP Eastwood Park
  • HMP Ashfield
  • HMP Leyhill
  • HMP Erlestoke

The service is run by a partnership called InspireBetterHealth. Partner organisations include Bristol Community Health (prime provider), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Hanham Health, GP Care, Time for Teeth, Homecare Opticians, Day Lewis Pharmacy and Sirona care & health CIC.

Ashfield prison
Ashfield prison

What does this service offer?

InspireBetterHealth provides integrated physical and mental healthcare, specialist substance misuse support, learning disability services as well as professional training and development.

Specialist onsite and inreach services include:

  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Audiology
  • Pain management clinics
  • Health promotion classes
  • Sexual health and contraception clinics
  • Medicine use reviews
  • Ultrasound
  • Complex care
  • Eating disorders services

Substance Misuse

  • Alcohol screening and assessment
  • Female specific alcohol reduction
  • Clinical substance misuse support
  • Medicines management

Learning Difficulties

  • Screening for learning difficulties


  • Professional pharmacy services
  • Medication reviews

What do patients say about this service?

“Since I arrived at Leyhill in December 2014 I have had the best medical care anywhere in England. Everything I needed looking at has been given positive feedback from all nurses and GPs, blood taken, glaucoma, heart, lungs, swellings in legs, eye appointment, plus loads of other issues that have been completed by the healthcare team. No one can take away the fact that Leyhill outstrips the prisons around the country by a dedicated medical staff. Thank you 1,000,000 times over, my life is now good to live out. I’m 68 next month and feel 48, all down to healthcare. Again, thank you.”

“I would like to register my thanks for the very prompt referral to the fast access chest pain clinic resulting in a thorough investigation of the likelihood of problems. Thank you.”

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To find out more please email:

HMP Bristol

Bristol BS7 8PS, United Kingdom

HMP Ashfield

BS16 9QJ, United Kingdom

HMP Eastwood Park

GL12 8DB, United Kingdom

HMP Leyhill

GL12 8BT, United Kingdom

HMP Earlestoke

Devizes SN10 5TU, United Kingdom