Arriving for Rehab at Castle Craig

What Happens When I Arrive?

We assign you a buddy to help show you around during your first days.

At Castle Craig, your well-being and safety are our top priorities. We understand the thought of rehab can feel daunting and we want you to feel reassured and well-informed every step of the way. This page will provide you with essential information on how to plan your arrival, what to pack and what to expect when you first arrive. 

Getting to Castle Craig

For many people, having to think about travel at such a sensitive time can feel overwhelming. Whether for yourself or a loved one, you need not worry, our admissions team will always discuss travel options with you and will be there to help you every step of the way.

Most patients choose to be dropped off by a friend or relative, this is very straightforward, simply enter our address in your GPS device and you should arrive here without issues:

Our Address

Castle Craig Hospital, West Linton, EH46 7DH
Follow signs for our admissions unit called ‘Kirkurd’ upon arrival.

Edinburgh/Glasgow via Train or Plane

If a patient is unable to be dropped off by a friend or relative, then the next most common option is to get here via Edinburgh or Glasgow, both cities are very well connected nationally and internationally by train or plane, so getting here should be a stress-free experience.

Taxi Pick-up & Drop-off

Our Admissions team will organise a taxi pick-up from wherever you are in Edinburgh or Glasgow (train station, airport, hotel, etc…). Your drop-off will also be scheduled by the admissions team.

Wherever you’re coming from, we can guarantee a safe and comfortable arrival and departure.

How Long is The Drive?

Edinburgh Airport: 45 mins

Edinburgh Waverly (train station): 60 minutes

Glasgow Airport: 75 minutes

Glasgow Central Station (train station): 70 minutes

Sober Transport/Sober Companion

For an additional cost, Castle Craig can organise a trained sober companion to act as a chaperone and accompany a patient into treatment. This service is especially helpful to those who:

  • Are at risk of not making it into treatment.
  • Are at risk of getting intoxicated en route.
  • Are struggling commitment-wise and need support along the way.
  • Are in a very fragile, distressed state and need support.

Coming to rehab can feel extremely daunting, and we find that this service helps ease patients into treatment. 

This is an optional add-on, please speak with our advisors if you think this is right for you or a loved one.

Chauffeur Services

Pick-up and drop-off from anywhere in the UK can be organised at an additional cost.

This is perfect for those who want a hassle-free, and comfortable journey into treatment wherever they are in the UK.

This is an optional add-on, please speak with our advisors if you think this is right for you or a loved one.

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What Can I Bring with Me?

To make your stay as comfortable and beneficial as possible, we recommend bringing the below items, expand the boxes to see a full list:

  • Clothing
    • Mix of casual and smart clothing.
    • Nightwear, dressing gown, slippers / soft-soled indoor shoes.
    • Gym shoes/trainers.
    • Outdoor boots/wellingtons.
    • Outdoor rainwear / waterproofs.
  • Health & Hygiene
    • Personal toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc…).
    • Towels are provided by Castle Craig.
    • Your own prescribed medication(s) in sealed boxes where possible (these will be assessed upon arrival).
    • Vitamin and supplements (must be in sealed containers, these will be inspected upon arrival).
    • Hair dryer (PAT tested).
  • Miscellaneous
    • Cash to meet personal and incidental expenditure. We recommend a maximum of £200 for your stay.
    • A credit or debit card.
    • Pens, A4 writing pad.
    • Postage stamps (optional).
    • Sufficient cigarettes in sealed packets for your treatment period (UK Customs allows a maximum of 200 cigarettes either brought in or sent by post to the UK).
    • Exemption certificate (HC2) (UK residents in receipt of incapacity benefit).

When You Arrive

On arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from a member of our clinical team who will be there to take you through the first stages. 

Every patient’s journey begins at Castle Craig’s admissions centre. Here we will take you through new patient orientation, and go through the programme timetable with you. 

Please note that your personal treatment plan will be created before you arrive at treatment using the information provided in the pre-admission assessment.

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Medical Assessment

Following patient orientation, you are required to meet with one of our on-site doctors – regardless of detox needs.

Before you can begin any part of treatment you must undergo a medical assessment which is carried out by our clinicians. This assessment plays a crucial part in tailoring a personalised recovery plan, highlighting any specific medical or psychological needs and ensuring the safest, most effective treatment protocol. 

Patients who require drug detox or alcohol detox may stay at Kirkurd for a few days or longer for closer observation. Your health and safety are our priority, our team of doctors and nurses are on hand to ensure that your path to recovery is as safe as it is comfortable.

A Tour of the Hospital

Once our clinical team deems it safe to do so, patients will be moved from our admissions unit to the main building – Castle Craig. This takes 24 hours for most patients, but this depends on the complexity of detox should it be necessary.

A member of the nursing team will take you and show you to your accommodation, and you will be assigned a “buddy”. A buddy is a fellow patient who is doing well and has been with us for a few weeks, your buddy will give you a tour of the hospital, introduce you to your peers, show you where the daily timetable is located, and be there as a friend to give assistance where needed.

Our buddy system acts as a great icebreaker for patients who are nervous about attending rehab, and patients likewise love being buddies to others – they know better than anyone what it’s like to come into treatment.

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