Welcome Guide – Beadnell Ward Mother and Baby Unit

This welcome pack will provide you with useful information about your stay on Beadnell Ward, it will tell you about the ward, staff and treatments and therapies that are available to you.

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Beadnell Ward - Welcome Pack

  • What is Beadnell Ward?

    Beadnell, also known as the ‘Mother and Baby Unit’ is a six bedded self contained ward, situated within St Georges Park Hospital, Morpeth which is part of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

    Beadnell is a specialist regional facility which can accommodate six mothers and their babies (babies who are up to 12 months prior to admission). We also admit pregnant women who are 32-34 weeks pregnant or above.

    The unit provides inpatient mental health services to women experiencing psychological and emotional difficulties related to the latter stages of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.

    It is usual for 50-80% of women to experience the “baby blues” within the first 3-5 days of giving birth, this often resolves quickly without professional intervention.

    Approximately 10-15% of women suffer from postnatal depression, which is usually diagnosed within the first three months after the baby’s birth. Some of the common symptoms are low mood, sadness, not getting pleasure from anything, loss of interest in life in general, tiredness, poor sleep, appetite and concentration, as well as feelings of guilt and self blame. These symptoms can worsen or fail to improve without treatment. Unfortunately, approximately 1-2 women in every 1,000 deliveries experience a more serious condition called postnatal psychosis.

    Most women can be treated in their own home, however some require hospital admission.

    We aim to make Beadnell a welcoming, calm and homely environment to support recovery from postnatal illness.

  • Admission - How long will I be in hospital for?

    Your length of admission cannot be determined at point of admission as all mums have differing diagnosis and needs, also recovery does not take the same time for all women.

    Some women stay for a few weeks, others a month or longer. Part of your care plan will include periods of home leave to see how well you are recovering and how you cope at home. Home leave is to aid the transition from hospital to home.

  • Admission - What will happen when I arrive on Beadnell?

    Coming into hospital can be a distressing experience for you and your loved ones. Whether this is the first time that you have been admitted, or if you have been here before, we recognise that this is a difficult time. We will support you as much as possible during your stay.

    A member of staff will welcome you and show around the unit and to your bedroom.

    The admitting nurse will ensure your personal details are recorded, any medication is obtained from pharmacy.

    They will also discuss your observation level and write a care plan for this. Whilst on the unit you will be prescribed a level of observation by the doctor, this is to ensure you are safe and well. It enables staff providing observations to determine if you need additional help or support. This can be from having a member of staff with you all the time to only needing to be seen around mealtimes, observation levels tend to reduce in line with recovery. It is our policy to observe babies every 30 minutes throughout their stay on the unit to ensure their health and wellbeing.

    You will a qualified nurse and doctor; they will discuss with you what has led to you being admitted to hospital and suggest options for treatment.

  • Admission - Caring for your baby

    Most mums on admission are asked to do as much child care as they feel able during the day and night, staff are available to help out to enable mums to sleep, unless they are breastfeeding.

    We will help and support any mum who wants to breast feed or bottle feed. We do not supply formula milk, bottles, nappies, wipes, nappy bags and clothing. We hold a small emergency stock of some formula milk, but not prescribed formulas, however we can obtain these via pharmacy. If you use any milk from ward stock you will need to replace it as soon as possible.

    We have a small stock of jar baby food, savoury and sweet, please speak to staff if you need any. When beginning weaning, if you need help when preparing fresh foods or menus our Nursery Nurses can provide advice and education. Fresh food/vegetables will be provided by the ward.

    The unit has a limited stock of baby food for weaning babies, however if you want your baby to have a specific brand or flavour we cannot obtain you will need to supply these yourself.

    We have cots, pushchairs, baby bouncers and changing mats that you can use.

  • Admission - What will I need during my stay?

    Bed linen and towels are supplied and will be replaced regularly during your stay. You will need your own clothes and toiletries, the ward supply some emergency toiletries.

    Where can I store my things?
    You will have storage in your room where you can keep your clothes and personal belongings. There is also a safe, but if you have any valuables please discuss with staff the best option for their safekeeping.

    There is a hospital banking system but it does not have a cash point. You can deposit money and make withdrawals Monday – Friday, office hours only.

    What should I bring with me?
    There is limited storage but you will need things that you require on a day to day basis:
    • Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers and clothes for your baby
    • Inside and outside day clothing (laundry facilities are available)
    • Toiletries
    • Nappies, nappy sacks and wipes
    • Formula, bottles and baby food
    • Any medicines that you or your baby use regularly. Pharmacy will provide medicines you may need during your stay and to take home.
    • Watch/alarm clock
    • Telephone numbers, address book, writing materials
    • Sweets, snacks
    • Books, magazines, reading glasses
    • Personal music player
    • Hairdryer

    All electrical equipment needs to be tested for safety before use on the ward. Please give equipment to your named nurse/key worker who will arrange for it to be checked.

    Is there anything that I cannot bring onto the ward?
    The following items must not be brought into hospital:
    • Large amounts of cash, cheque books, credit cards
    • Valuable jewellery
    • Alcohol and any non-prescribed or illicit drugs, legal highs and any noxious substances.
    (If illegal drugs, legal highs or noxious substances are found the police will be contacted)
    • Weapons of any kind
    • Offensive media materials

    This is not a full list and staff will inform you of any other items that are not allowed on your ward.

  • Admission - Who are the mental health team on Beadnell?

    • Consultant Psychiatrist
    • Junior Doctor
    • Ward Manager
    • Clinical Nurse Lead
    • Primary Nurses who are qualified nurses
    • Support Workers
    • Nursery Nurses
    • Psychologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physiotherapist
    • Pharmacist
    • Domestic services

    Additional professionals for pregnant women
    • Liaison Obstetrician
    • Liaison Midwife

    The unit also has access to a local GP practice where our mums and their babies can be registered as temporary residents to address any physical problems, get postnatal checks, and baby’s immunisations.

  • Admission - Primary Nurse and Nursery Nurse

    These are the qualified staff who will work most closely with you throughout your admission. You will be allocated to a designated member of staff on admission, who will be identified as your Primary Nurse.

    Your Primary Nurse is responsible for ensuring your treatment plans are up to date, spending time with you discussing any issues you may have regarding illness and recovery, or anything else that may be worrying you.

    Your Nursery Nurse is responsible for your baby’s care plans; she is available for help and support regarding childcare provision and information about infant issues.

  • Admision - Planned one-to-one contact sessions

    Planning your care
    We will work with you to agree the goals of your stay and how best to work towards them. We will also discuss the treatments which are known to have the best effects in supporting your recovery. From this we will develop your personal care plan which will detail what needs to happen and who will do what.

    Your nursery nurse will develop a care plan for your baby to ensure his/her needs are met, enabling him/her to meet developmental milestones.

    One-to-one sessions
    You will meet with your primary nurse at least twice a week. You may discuss a range of things such as your progress, concerns, making plans for the future or developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). Sometimes you will meet one-to-one with professionals like occupational therapist or psychologists for specific therapy sessions.

    All this will be agreed with you and written down in your care plan so everyone including yourself knows what the aims of these sessions are.

    Making sure we are helping you make progress We do this by holding regular reviews with you, your family and the care team working with you.

    Care plan reviews
    Usually yourself and your primary nurse meet to look at how things are going with your recovery and the plans to make that happen. You may focus on just one or two plans or all of the plans with the aim of being clear what actions everyone needs to take. These will be at least monthly and may be more often.

    Care co-ordination review
    These happen every 3-6 months and usually involve you, your doctor, your care co-ordinator, family and your primary nurse and nursery nurse. Sometimes if you are working with an occupational therapist or psychologist they will attend too. The point of the meeting is to look at the bigger picture, checking you are making progress and planning the bits of work which need to happen in the next couple of months including planning your discharge. You can also request a care co-ordination review at any time.

    Meeting your psychiatrist
    You will meet with your consultant psychiatrist regularly through your stay.

    Measures and questionnaires
    We sometimes use questionnaires to monitor your improvement and also how satisfied you are with the service you are receiving.

    Multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT)
    This is a weekly multi-disciplinary team meeting; it is attended by the Consultant, Junior Doctor, qualified Nurse, Liaison Mental Health Social Worker and Psychologist. Community professionals attend these meetings to keep in touch with their patients and ensure continuity of care following discharge. The team discuss your progress, changes to your treatment/care plans.

    You will be offered the opportunity to attend at the end of the meeting to gain feedback; if you do not wish to attend a nurse will give you feedback later.

    Multi professional review (MPR)
    A multi professional review meeting is held as early as possible following admission. All community professionals involved in your care e.g. Health Visitor, GP, Community Psychiatric Nurse are invited to this, with members of the MDT (as above). We discuss your presentation prior to admission, progress to date and plan what support you will require upon discharge. You will be offered a copy of the minutes of this meeting.

  • Admission - Sharing information with carers

    Your family and carers play a very important role in your recovery. We will work with them to provide the information and support they need to support you. At the first opportunity a member of staff will meet with your main family/carers to get to know them. Staff will provide them with information about their caring role, and what needs they may have to carry out this role.

    We will inform carers of local services, so that carers can receive their own support and advice. We also give them a ‘Carers Guide’.

    There may be things that you do not want to share. You should discuss these first with your care team so that you can understand the impact this might have on your relationship with your family/carers. Usually we would recommend that your family/carers are fully involved and informed in your care.

    There is a leaflet about confidentiality and carers that the staff can supply you with if you require more information.

  • Admission - Staying in control

    Advance decisions are about making choices about your healthcare while you are well. In mental health, this means that your wishes can be taken into account if you ever become incapable of making informed choices during a crisis.

    An advance decision can be spoken or written down and should be reviewed regularly. Only an advance decision to refuse treatment is legally binding; you cannot demand certain treatments but can state your preferred options.

    The Trust produces an Advance Decisions and Statements booklet. Copies are available from staff or the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288.

    If you are detained under the Mental Health Act, there may be circumstances where you are given treatment that you have previously stated you do not want. This decision will only be taken if your refusal would have a severe impact on your treatment.

  • Admission - Pharmacy

    “Do you know you can meet with a Trust pharmacist to discuss your medication? Ask your named nurse/ key worker for an appointment ”

    If you would like information leaflets about your medicines ask your named nurse.

    Pharmacy Medicines Information Helpline
    The Trust has a helpline for confidential advice about medication. You and your carer can call the helpline between 9am and 5pm, Mon-Fri. The helpline number is 0191 245 6604.

  • Admission - Changing your consultant or getting a second opinion

    The Trust produces a booklet about how patients can request a change of consultant or second opinion. This leaflet is available from staff or the Patient Information Centre
    Tel: 0191 246 7288.

  • Admission - What does the Mental Health Act 1983 mean for me?

    Mental Health Act 1983
    Some people receiving treatment in psychiatric wards are in hospital on an informal basis and have usually agreed to come into hospital – they are called informal patients or voluntary patients.

    If you are in hospital as a formal patient you will not be free to leave and will lose some other important rights that are available to informal patients. This is because you have been ‘sectioned’ (or detained) under the Mental Health Act 1983. Sometimes this could mean we give you medication without your consent but this is to help with your recovery. However, information about your medication will be provided – the doctor, nurse or pharmacist will help you understand about any side effects.

    You will be informed about your rights and fact sheets are available on the ward and from the Trust website. We will always include you in decision making about your care and treatment.

    Mental Capacity Act 2005
    Sometimes people are so unwell that they are unable to make some decisions for themselves; this is called ‘lacking capacity’. We will always assume you have the mental capacity to make decisions unless an assessment has been carried out to establish that you have not got capacity. Where people ‘lack capacity’ we will always act in their best interests.

    Locked doors
    The unit doors are locked and alarmed, this is to ensure safety of babies. There is CCTV in operation on all exterior doors and garden, this is to increase security for babies, but also to provide a safe environment for everyone within the unit.

  • Your stay - Can you tell me about the Trust?

    The Trust works from more than 70 sites across Cumbria, Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. We also run a number of regional and national specialist services. Along with partners, we deliver support to people in their own homes, and from community and hospital-based premises.

    We have more than 7,000 people working for us and a budget of over £380 million.

    The services we provide are divided into four sections, which are organised geographically into “locality care groups”. These are known as North, Central, South and Cumbria.

    Can you tell me about my ward?
    Staff will provide you with a patient information leaflet about your specific ward.

  • Your stay - Practical things to think about …

    There are likely to be many practical things to consider during your stay. Your named nurse/key worker and other ward staff can help you.

    For example, you may need to:
    • Make arrangements for the care of your children or
    • Get somebody to take care of your pets
    • Get a change of clothing
    • Pay urgent or outstanding bills
    • Cancel/rearrange appointments
    • Contact employers
    • Disconnect gas and electricity
    • Notify the benefits office

  • Your stay - What happens about my job or benefits while I am in hospital?

    If you are employed or on benefits we will, with your permission, send a medical certificate to your employer or DWP on admission.

    A medical certificate will then be sent as required and upon discharge.

    Any pensions or benefits you receive will continue while you are in hospital, however some adjustments may need to be made. Informing DWP as soon as you come into hospital can reduce the need to repay any overpayments that accrue during your stay.

    Advice regarding benefits and finance can be obtained via the unit’s Liaison Social Worker.

  • Your stay - What activities can I do on the ward?

    While you are recovering we want to enable you to carry on your life as normally as possible, caring for your baby and keeping up personal interests. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to help you do this. Perhaps your family or friends could bring a few things from home or you might like to try out a new activity.

    Some activities available are:
    • Occupational therapy, either open or structured sessions.
    • Physical activity such as the gym.
    • Social events which are organised by the activities co-ordinator.
    • Unit-based activities such as cooking, board games, social out and about events.
    • Open art groups.
    • Baby massage with unit Nursery Nurse.
    • A chaplaincy service is available, you can attend a regular planned multi- denominational service each Saturday at 10am in the hospital chapel, or request to have an individual visit arranged; see your Primary Nurse to arrange this.
    • Walks into Morpeth and local area with staff. There is a café in the main entrance you can use with your family and friends, or have a meal yourself.

  • Your stay - What is life like on the ward?

    The following information will tell you a little about life on the ward.

    Weekly timetable
    Meaningful activities are essential to your recovery. You may feel like staying in bed and resting, but this is not the best or healthiest choice to make. We encourage people not to stay in bed or isolated in their own rooms. We will encourage you to develop a weekly planner of things that keep you focused and well.

    Community meetings
    Take place on a regular basis. They give you an opportunity to meet with staff and other patients to discuss and resolve issues on the ward.

    Domestic services
    A domestic service is provided to keep the ward clean and tidy. We encourage you to take responsibility for keeping your room clean, as well as helping keep the ward tidy (with help if needed) to prepare you for discharge. There are laundry facilities for you to wash your own clothes.

    Breakfast, lunch, evening meal and a light supper are provided on the unit for mums. You will be given a choice of lunch and evening meal which will be cooked by the unit housekeeper; you will have to make choices 2 days in advance to ensure supplies are ordered. The unit can cater for special dietary requirements given advance notice.

    Bread and cereals are readily available for mums to help themselves to for breakfast. There are also yoghurts, fruit, cake and biscuits for snacks or supper, which mums can help themselves to. Drinks are available 24 hours a day.

    When dads are staying they can have supper on the evening they are staying, breakfast and lunch the next day, these also need to be ordered 2 days in advance.
    Visitors and children are not catered for; there is a vending machine and the Border Fayre, a patient-run café, open Monday to Friday in the hospital main entrance.

    Meal times
    • Breakfast – depending on you or your baby
    • Lunch – 12.30pm – 1.30pm
    • Evening meal – 5pm – 6pm

    Protected meal times
    Where there are ward mealtimes, arrangements are in place so you can enjoy your meal without any interruptions. Visitors and staff should not be in the dining room at lunch time, 12.15 pm – 1.15 pm or evening meal time, 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm, but are welcome to use the lounge areas during these times.

    Dads may be able to stay overnight on the unit, depending on ward depending on how well or unwell their partner is. This must be planned and agreed by the ward team, ideally 2 days in advance. There is some flexibility but it is not guaranteed permission to stay will be granted at short notice.

    Your friends and family, including children, are very welcome to visit. Children visiting are the responsibility of the adult who accompanies them to the unit and must be supervised at all times.

    There is an enclosed garden where visiting children can play but they must be supervised.

    There is a pay phone on the unit where you can receive and make calls; you can use your mobile, being mindful of other ward occupants.

    The hospital has a no smoking policy on all wards and public places. Please do not smoke in any other areas as this can be dangerous and is against Trust policy.

    Car Parking
    Please ask your visitors to use the main car parks when visiting; there is a charge Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

    The unit side door can only be used for dropping off and picking up, this entrance must be kept clear for emergency vehicles only.

    Next of kin are entitled to a free parking permit which allows free parking at all times, see staff to complete appropriate form.

    There is a payphone on the ward that can be used for personal calls. You can also use your own mobile phone but it would be appreciated if all patients and visitors care considerate of others and the use of mobile phones is as discreet as possible at all times.

    The use of the camera and recording devices within mobiles phones is not allowed without first seeking permission from staff, this is to protect patient confidentiality.

    Staff on the unit do not carry their own mobile phones whilst on duty.

  • Your stay - Staff you may meet on the ward

    The multi-disciplinary team approach we use means that there are many different people available to help you. Staff include:

    • Ward Manager – the ward manager is a nurse and provides both managerial and clinical leadership to all staff on the ward.
    • Clinical Lead – this is a senior clinical nurse, providing clinical leadership on the ward.
    • Nurse in charge – this is the nurse who is in charge of a shift and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the ward.
    • Staff Nurse – a qualified nurse who is a Registered Mental Health Nurse. They deliver the nursing care and also psychosocial interventions to help you recover.
    • Primary Nurse – is responsible for co-ordinating your nursing care while you are on the ward. They will be introduced soon after your admission and will be your point of contact during your stay. All named nurses/key workers are staff nurses.
    • Associated Nurse – will be allocated to you as well as your named nurse/key worker, they will support Named Nurse in delivering your care. Associate nurses are usually support workers.
    • Nursery Nurse – to assist with your baby’s care.
    • Support Worker, Nursing Assistant, Health Care Assistant – supports the nursing staff in caring for you.

    • Consultant Psychiatrists – are the most senior doctors with overall responsibility for your care. They lead on important decisions about your treatment and discharge. You will be introduced to your consultant when you transfer to the unit and continue to meet regularly.
    • Higher trainees – are experienced psychiatrists who are working towards becoming consultants.
    • Ward doctors – are training to become psychiatrists or GPs. They will be available to you on a regular basis with regard to your physical and mental health and your care plan.
    • Pharmacy staff – the pharmacy team ensures that you receive your medication in a safe and effective manner whilst you are on the ward. The team can offer advice on medicines and any side effects. If you would like to speak to a member of the pharmacy team whilst on the ward, ask one of the nursing staff who will let the team know.

    Support and Occupational Staff
    • Clinical Psychologists – are trained to help people deal with emotional and behavioural difficulties, they are available to provide structured talking therapies.
    • Occupational Therapists (OTs) – use activity to help to develop skills needed in recovery which include shopping, cooking, looking for work etc. This may be on a group or individual basis.
    • Physiotherapists – work with you to help restore movement. They provide any necessary physiotherapy assessment and treatment.
    • Activities Workers – support nurses and occupational therapists in supporting you to participate in the therapeutic activity helpful to your recovery. A programme of activities will be displayed on the ward.
    • Peer Support Workers – these are people who like you, are experts by experience and have been employed by the Trust to support you in your recovery spending time with you and helping you to work out how to best manage your recovery. They are particularly good at helping you develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) or Staying Well Plan.
    • Exercise Therapists – devise specific therapeutic exercise programmes depending on your aims and objectives. The exercise therapy department provides a weekly programme of exercise groups which are both hospital and community based. They can also help you to make positive lifestyle changes eg healthy eating, stopping smoking.
    • Speech and Language Therapists – assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them better communicate. They also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems.
    • Dieticians – are experts in food and nutrition. They provide dietary advice on a wide variety of conditions using the most up to date information. They help promote healthy eating habits and well balanced diets based on individual needs.

    Other staff
    • Students – the Trust supports the teaching of students from various professions. From time to time you may be asked whether a student can be present or deliver part of your care. Your verbal consent will be sought and you have the right to refuse. All students are supervised by a qualified member of staff.
    • Domestic staff – undertake housekeeping duties, serve and order meals, assist with laundry, keep the ward tidy and clean.
    • Service Assistant – will ensure that there is a high level of cleanliness maintained on the ward.
    • Ward Clerk – provides administration support and assists in the smooth running of the ward.

  • Your stay - Words and phrases

    You might hear the following words and phrases when you are in hospital.

    Care Co-ordination – this is a way of helping and supporting people with mental health problems. It starts as soon as you come into contact with mental health services. It is the system that ensures that you receive help and support from the health service, social or voluntary sector.

    Care Plan – this is a way of recording the help and support you need and explains how this will be done.

    Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDT) or Ward Reviews – this is when all of the professionals involved in your care meet to discuss your progress with you, and your carers if appropriate. This meeting takes place on the ward.

    Observation – this is an important tool nurses use which helps us to get to know you and to help us maintain your safety whilst you are in hospital. You will always be fully informed if you are being observed and given the reasons why.

    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) – this service provides help, advice and guidance to users of the NHS and their families.
    North of Tyne – 0800 032 02 02, Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm.

    Person Centred Care – staff are committed to person centred care which ensures that you are the focus of all activity concerning you and you are fully involved in all aspects of your care.

    RiO – this is the system that the Trust uses to securely store electronic patient records. For further information see page 26 ‘Information the Trust keeps about you’.

    Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) – is a structured system for monitoring and managing your mental health through planned responses that work for you. It also informs services and carers on how to respond should you find it difficult to make decisions for yourself should you become unwell.

  • Your stay - What treatment will be available?

    Your care in hospital will comprise of a number of different treatments. The main treatments on offer are outlined here.

    Your doctor may prescribe medication to help treat your illness. A ward doctor can usually answer any questions you have about your medication or how it works.

    When appropriate you will be offered psychological therapies. One of the approaches used is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is used to improve a person’s sense of wellbeing and mental health, it helps people to think about possibilities for change and alternative ways of coping. These approaches are given by appropriately trained staff.

    Family Intervention
    Families play an important role in your recovery, we will provide them with information and support to carry out this role. In some instances family therapy will be offered to improve your recovery.

    Physical Health
    Your physical health is very important. We will regularly assess your physical health needs and work with your GP to provide you with appropriate advice and treatments.

    Occupational Therapy
    The main aim of occupational therapy is to assist your recovery by encouraging you to take part in activities that have meaning and value for you.

    During your stay in hospital, occupational therapists (OTs) will look at your strengths and needs. An individual treatment plan will be developed and reviewed with you, which may be a mixture of one-to-one sessions and group activities. These take place in the hospital setting, occupational therapy department or community venues.

    The following list gives examples of some of the activities that are available:
    • Daily living skills to develop or improve your skills in areas like cooking, shopping, budgeting and other day-to-day activities.
    • Health promotion with advice on different areas such as healthy eating, exercise and stress management.
    • Work, training and/or education to help you develop the skills and confidence to take part in paid or unpaid work, courses or training that you may be interested in.
    • Leisure activities such as pursuing a hobby or sport that builds on your self esteem, social networks and gives enjoyment.
    • Relating to yourself and others to improve your confidence and self esteem and help you to develop coping strategies.
    • Activities that encourage you to be a part of your local community and help you build links with other people in the area.

    Availability of these activities does vary slightly from area to area; the current programme for your ward will be displayed on the wall.

    Exercise Therapy
    The main aim of exercise therapy is to provide exercise as a therapeutic activity to improve your mental and/or physical health which can contribute to your overall recovery.

    You will receive an assessment with the exercise therapist and based on your goals an individual exercise plan will be developed. You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of exercise groups including gym, cycling, walking, circuit training, healthy eating and weight management. You will receive regular progress reviews to monitor your progress and help achieve your goals. Where possible you will receive support to continue with your exercise plan after discharge from the ward.

  • Your stay - What about my religious, spiritual and cultural needs?

    We understand the important role that spirituality and religion can play in people’s lives and recovery. This will be very individual to you so we will work with you to understand and support your specific needs. Chaplaincy is offered to people of all faiths and none.

    You can talk to a chaplain if you would like to. We have a team of chaplains from a range of different faith communities who are available to visit you. You are also welcome to ask your own local faith leader to visit you whilst you are here.

    St Georges Park
    There is a Christian service in the Chapel on Saturday mornings at 10am. The Chapel may also be used at any time for personal prayers. A prayer-mat is provided for Muslims. Please ask staff or call at the chapel for a most up-to-date leaflet concerning Spiritual Care at St George’s Park

  • Yours stay - Intepreters

    Staff can arrange an interpreter if you need one.

  • Your stay - Can I smoke?

    Our Trust is Smokefree
    All of our Trust sites are now completely smokefree which means that you and your visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on our sites. This is part of our approach to support service users and staff to achieve a healthy lifestyle and reduce the harmful effects of smoking.

    Smoking materials are prohibited items
    Smoking materials are prohibited items on Trust sites. If you come into hospital with tobacco products, cigarettes, lighters or matches, they will need to be given to staff. Cigarettes and tobacco products will be returned to you on discharge from the ward on request. Alternatively they can be given to a family member or carer to take home with them. Tobacco products, cigarettes, lighters or matches will not be given back to you for any periods of leave from the ward.

    Visitors are asked not to bring any cigarettes or tobacco products (including lighters) on to the ward.

    Smoking on Trust Sites
    Smoking anywhere on Trust sites is not permitted and is a breach of the law (the Smoke Free Regulations) to smoke inside any building which may result in a fine of up to £200.

    Helping us to maintain this policy protects other service users, staff and the care environment.

    Support to stay smokefree during your admission
    We are able to offer you nicotine replacement products such as patches, inhalators and lozenges on admission to keep you comfortable and craving-free. Please talk to your named nurse/key worker to access these. We also have trained advisors on the wards who can help you to stay smokefree and manage cravings.

    This will also be discussed with your doctor as the dose of your medication may need to change.


    Provided you are 18 years old or over:
    ‘Vaping’ (use of an electronic cigarette/e-cig) is permitted by service users on Trust sites in outdoor areas, including ward gardens/courtyards (if available).

    An e-cigarette can be supplied on admission if you wish to use one as an alternative to cigarettes. Some of the cafes and shops on Trust sites sell replacement cartridges.

    You may use your own e-cigarette, staff will need to do a brief check of your device and charger to make sure they are safe.

    Some services may have restrictions on e-cigarettes for safety reasons.

  • Your stay - Information the Trust keeps about you

    Why does the Trust keep information about me?
    The Trust needs to keep information about you, your health and treatment so that we can provide the best possible care for you.

    Is the information kept confidential?
    Everyone who works in the Trust and within the wider NHS must keep information about you confidential. We do share information within the team that is caring for you, and sometimes with other professionals in other organisations that are providing care for you, like Social Services.

    If we do share information with other organisations, we would normally talk to you about it
    first and ask for your permission. On very rare occasions we may also share information with other organisations because we feel that there would be a serious risk to you or to other people if we did not do so, or because there is a legal obligation, such as a court order, that means we have to disclose information.

    What sort of information do you keep?
    We keep information both on paper and on computer. The kinds of details that we keep include:

    • Basic information about you, such as your name, date of birth, address, next of kin
    • Records of your contacts with professionals, such as clinic visits
    • Notes and reports on your health and any treatment or care that you need
    • Records of any tests or assessments that we carry out
    • Records of the treatment and care that we provide for you
    • Relevant information from other health professionals, members of your family or friends who care for you and know you well

    Can I see what information you have about me?
    You have the right, under the Data Protection Act 1998, to find out what information we hold about you, whether that is on computer or on paper records. If you want to do this, you should write to:

    Disclosure Officer
    Information Governance Department
    St Nicholas Hospital
    Jubilee Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne,
    NE3 3XT

    The Trust produces a booklet ‘Information that the Trust keeps about you’. Copies are available from staff or the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288.

  • Your stay - How will my safety and security be maintained?

    Fire safety
    Fire alarms are fitted around the hospital. These are very sensitive and can only be turned off by the fire brigade. If you hear the fire alarm going off, staff will direct you to the safest exit. It is important that you follow their instructions and try to stay calm.

    Infection control
    Please speak to a member of staff or the infection control nurse if you have any concerns about the cleanliness of the hospital.

    Safety and restraint
    The most effective care is provided in a safe environment. If a person acts in a way that compromises safety on the ward, staff will take action to reduce the risk to all concerned.

    In most situations staff will try to resolve such issues through discussion. They will work with the individual to deal with any problems and may suggest moving to a quieter area.

    There may be occasions when a more urgent response is needed, which can involve staff using physical restraint skills. However, these techniques are only used when there is an immediate danger of violence towards yourself or others.

    Physical restraint is only ever carried out by staff who have received training in how to use these skills safely. It is intended to allow for safe management of harmful situations and to make the environment safe as quickly as possible. Dignity should be maintained throughout any restraint procedure.

    If you see anything that you think could pose a risk to yourself or others, you should report this to a member of staff immediately. Staff can help to reduce the risk and discuss any concerns you might have.

    Narcotics Search Dog
    The Trust has a narcotics search dog and handler who make both planned and unannounced visits to wards and departments. The search dog is trained to locate illegal substances such as cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and heroin.

  • Your stay - Who can provide me with advice?

    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
    PALS is a user-friendly service dedicated to listening to service users, their carers, family and friends and helping them to resolve their concerns. It offers confidential advice and supports people to navigate through NHS systems. PALS is not a complaints service but will offer advice on the Trust’s complaints process.

    Telephone: North of Tyne 0800 032 02 02, Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm.

    Independent advocacy
    As a mental health service user you are entitled to independent advocacy. Advocates can provide unbiased advice, attend ward meetings with you and make sure that your views are listened to. If you have been admitted to hospital under a section of the Mental Health Act then please contact the service that covers the area where you live. A member of staff can also help you and provide you with contact telephone numbers.

    Care Quality Commission (CQC)
    The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. It checks all hospitals in England to ensure they are meeting government standards of quality and safety. www.cqc.org.uk/public

  • Your stay - What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website www.cntw.nhs.uk (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department Tel: 0191 245 6672
    • email [email protected] Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk

    We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.

    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at www.cntw.nhs.uk/poy
    – complete a Points of You survey, available on wards, reception areas or from staff.

  • Moving on - How will my move on from hospital be planned?

    Leaving hospital is an important life event; it’s a sign that you are making progress with your recovery. It can be an exciting time and also for some people it may feel daunting. During this time it is essential that you receive good quality support and care. Planning around your move on will start soon after your arrival on the ward and will be part of all care planning processes. Carers will be involved in the planning of any move on from the ward.

    Your move on will be a planned process involving you and the care team. Extra support will be available for you during this time to make your move on as successful as possible.

    During home leave and upon discharge you will have the support of the community based staff involved in your care. You will be given a 14-day supply of prescribed medication. A summary of your admission, including current prescription, will be faxed to your GP to enable you to get a further supply from them.
    You will be seen within 7 days by a community professional or psychiatrist for “7 day follow up” which is a Trust protocol, to ensure you are maintaining wellness.

    The following suggestions are things you will need to consider when planning your move on from the ward:

    • Having the right accommodation to meet your needs.
    • Having your finances in place.
    • Having a GP (family doctor).
    • Having a good understanding of your medication, where and how you will receive it.
    • Having the skills you need to look after yourself.
    • Understanding the future support and care you will receive.
    • Having a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) or Staying Well Plan in place.
    • Informing your family and friends so they know when you will be leaving hospital and where you are living.
    • Knowing how you will spend your time i.e. interests, hobbies, activity and work
    • Knowing how and where to get help when you need it.
    • Any conditions attached to your discharge i.e. Community Treatment Order. A Community Treatment Order is a power given to your consultant under the Mental Health Act to place certain conditions on you which you must follow when you have left the hospital. It is meant to ensure that you receive the right treatment once you have left the hospital and it means you have to keep in touch regularly with your mental health team.

    Staff on the ward will be able to help you with concerns you might have about these or any other issues and provide you with contact details of the crisis team.

    My care team on discharge are:

    Care Co-ordinator ………………………………………………………………………………….

    Consultant ………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) ………………………………………………………….

    Support Worker ……………………………………………………………………………………

    Occupational Therapist …………………………………………………………………………..

    Social Worker ………………………………………………………………………………………

    Other …………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • Moving on - What is Care Programme Approach?

    Care Programme Approach (CPA) is a way of planning and co-ordinating your care after you leave hospital. It helps make sure that you are supported in a way that fits your individual health and care needs. CPA includes:
    • Assessing your needs with you
    • Developing a plan in response to the needs identified and agreed
    • Sharing responsibility with you (and others as needed) to put the plan into action
    • Reviewing the plan with you to check that it is meeting your needs and to agree any changes

    What is meant by Care Co-ordination?
    Care Co-ordination describes the process of how mental health services assess your needs, plan ways to meet them and check that they are being met. You should always feel able to ask mental health workers to explain this process clearly to you.

    Who will be my Care Co-ordinator?
    Your care co-ordinator will usually be a nurse, social worker or occupational therapist. Ideally they should be the person who knows you best and with whom you feel most comfortable to talk with. You should always be informed of the name and contact details of your care co-ordinator.

    What does a Care Plan look like?
    A care plan is usually a detailed form which states your needs, the range of services required and who will provide these services. It might include things like your medication, your support at home and finance or other personal needs. The process of CPA is also about recognising what you are able to do and what you want to do (your strengths). A copy of the care plan will be given to you to keep.

    What does a CPA review look like?
    A CPA review is not all about complicated forms and meetings; it is about discussing and writing down your needs and checking they are being met. Reviews should recognise any progress that has been made and involve discussion of all elements of your care plan.

    How do I call a review?
    You (or your carer) and anyone providing services can call a review. If you feel that a review is needed, you should contact your care co-ordinator who will assist you with making the arrangements. A review should be flexible about where and when it happens and who attends – you might like to invite a family member or friend who supports you.

    The Trust produces a booklet ‘Care Co-ordination including Care Programme Approach (CPA) – A guide for people with mental health problems and their carers’. Copies are available from staff or the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288.

  • Moving on - What happens if I think I am becoming unwell?

    People can have setbacks. On leaving hospital you will have a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) in place that was developed with you. This plan will identify any early signs that you are aware of that may mean you are becoming unwell and what you and your care team should do to prevent you becoming more unwell. You will also have a plan in place should you become unwell.

  • Moving on - Where can I get help and advice outside of the hospital?

    • Association for Post-Natal Illness
    Tel: 0207 386 0868
    145 Dawes Road, London, SW6 7EB
    For women who are experiencing depression following the birth of their baby.

    • Mind Infoline
    Tel: 0300 123 3393
    15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ
    Provides information on a range of topics including types of mental distress, where to get help, drug and alternative treatments and advocacy. Also provides details of help and support for people in their own area. Helpline available Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm.

    • Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support
    Helpline 0843 28 98 401 (9am-8pm, Mon-Sun)
    PANDAS supports families suffering from pre (antenatal) and postnatal illnesses. Support groups and online advice available.

    • Perinatal Illness UK
    P.O. Box 8062, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6
    Provides online support for women and families affected by antenatal or postnatal depression. No helpline provided.

    • Rethink
    Helpline: 0300 500 0927
    89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
    Provides information and a helpline for anyone affected by mental health problems.
    Helpline available Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm

    • Samaritans
    Tel: 116 123
    PO Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA
    Provides confidential support for anyone in a crisis.

    • SANELine
    Tel: 0300 304 7000
    1st Floor, Cityside House, 40 Adler Street, London, E1 1EE
    Offers practical information, crisis care and emotional support.
    Helpline available 4:30pm – 10:30pm (local rate).

  • Moving on - Health Information

    • Patient Information Centre – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
    Provides a range of health information covering conditions, treatments, medication and health promotion Tel: 0191 246 7288.

    • NHS Website
    Information about conditions, treatments, local services and healthy lives.

  • Moving on - How can I get involved?

    As a member of our NHS Foundation Trust you can be as active a member as you would like, from just receiving regular information about the Trust to getting involved in issues that you care about. The choice is yours!

    To become a member, all you need to do is complete a membership application form or join online at www.cntw.nhs.uk/about/membership. Membership is free and members can also benefit from discounts for many shops and services.

    If you are 16 years old and over and interested in learning more about becoming a Governor, please contact the Membership Office on 0191 245 6827 or e-mail Wendy Pinkney at [email protected]

    More information can then be provided about the criteria.

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