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This leaflet provides you with information that you will find useful during your stay. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.
Most older people with mental health needs will receive assessment, treatment and care in their own home. However, for a small number of people admission to hospital will be appropriate.
Inpatient Services for older people provide specialist mental health assessment and treatment in hospital for two main groups:
Functional mental health - conditions such as depression, anxiety or psychosis
Organic mental health - with progressive conditions such as dementia
Hauxley is an inpatient unit, which treats people with functional mental health conditions. The ward is based at St George’s Park, Morpeth, Northumberland.
You have come into hospital because you have mental health needs that require support from a range of specialist doctors, nurses and other health care workers. To enable the right support to be organised to meet your needs, it is important everyone understands exactly what your needs are and what will help you. We aim to work together with you to help you manage your needs so that you can move forward in your life with the support you require in the most acceptable way for you. This is the assessment process and staff will seek your consent on all aspects of your care plan throughout your stay in hospital.
During your stay in hospital you will have a named nurse who will be responsible for co-ordinating your care. If your named nurse is not on duty you will have access to any of the nursing team.
You will be given the name of your named nurse within 24 hours of your admission. They will introduce themselves to you as soon as they are next on duty. However on a daily basis there is a nurse in charge as a point of contact; this will be displayed on a board on the ward.
There is a lot of evidence that shows you can gain a great deal by participating in the right activities that are designed to meet your needs. The benefits and ranges of activities will be discussed with you by a member of the multi disciplinary team.
How long you stay in hospital depends on your needs. However, the care team will discuss discharge with you as quickly as possible after your admission. It is important to emphasise you will not remain in hospital any longer than you need to. We aim to keep your time spent in hospital to a minimum.
We value information from family and friends to help with assessment and treatment. We will involve your family and friends as much as possible with your permission and aim to support them as much as we can.
The point at which you are ready to leave the ward will be a significant milestone. You may still need some help and support, which will be discussed with you before you are discharged and a copy of these arrangements (your discharge care plan) will be given to you and your carers.
Inpatient areas operate protected mealtimes. This means you have the right to enjoy mealtimes without unnecessary disruption. Further detail is available on the ward.
Each inpatient area operates preferred visiting times and therefore we advise that before your relatives or carers visit that they check with nursing staff for these times.
Within 24 hours of admission, you will be given more detailed information about your hospital stay and an opportunity to discuss any further information needs you may have. Do not hesitate to approach any member of staff for information.
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