Regional Affective Disorders Service (RADS) – Inpatient Unit – Patient Information Leaflet

The Regional Affective Disorders Service provides a specialist service to people with difficult to treat mood disorders. e.g bipolar or depressive illness. The inpatient unit is based at Gibside, St Nicholas, Gosforth

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  • Introduction

    We hope this leaflet will provide you with information that you need whilst being in the Regional Affective Disorders Service inpatient unit at Gibside. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is the Regional Affective Disorders Service?

    The Regional Affective Disorders Service provide a specialist service to people with difficult to treat mood disorders eg.bipolar or depressive illness. The inpatient unit is based at Gibside, St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth.

  • Who is it for?

    The Regional Affective Disorders Service is for men and women over the age of 18 who have a mood disorder.

  • Why do I need to be here?

    You have been referred to the unit by a Consultant who thinks that a period of treatment in hospital would be helpful.

  • Arriving at the inpatient unit

    When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the care team. They will explain what will happen during your stay and give you information. You will have time to settle in and have a look around your environment.

  • How long will I be here?

    The length of stay depends upon your personal needs. The care team will involve you fully in discussion about this. All admissions are planned in a pre-admission visit to the ward.

  • What sort of things can I do on the inpatient unit?

    There are a variety of social and recreational activities, such as healthy eating programme, relaxation, discharge planning, anxiety management, art groups and gardening.

  • Interpreters

    If you would like an interpreter, staff will be able to help you to get one.

  • Travel information

    Contact Traveline: Tel: 0871 200 22 33

  • 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 (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 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
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • For further information contact

    Regional Affective Disorders Service
    St Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Road
    Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3XT
    0191 245 6830
    0191 245 6831

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    Ref, PIC/58/0822 August 2022 V5 Tel: 0191 246 7288

    Review date 2025