Your care in hospital will comprise of a number of different treatments. The main treatments on offer are outlined here.
Provides exercise as a therapeutic activity to improve your mental and/or physical health which will contribute to your overall recovery. You will receive an assessment with the exercise therapist and based on your goals and health needs an individual exercise plan will be developed for you. You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of exercise groups including gym, walking, circuit training, badminton, a range of exercise groups, healthy eating and weight management. You will receive regular progress reviews to support your progress and help you achieve your goals.
The team have received positive results in both improving physical health and mental wellbeing. A recent service user experience questionnaire was extremely positive. 92% of service users felt staff prioritise physical health as well as mental health, 89% stated their exercise programme had improved their general health and wellbeing, 73% stated positive changes to their mental health, 99% felt supported to achieve exercise goals.
Service users stated multiple benefits for example:
– Structure in their daily routine
– Improved health and fitness
– Improved mental well-being confidence and self-esteem
– Improved social interactions
Comments from service users included:
“Getting involved in gym and classes relieves my stress”
“I feel more confident and feel fit”
“More active, more focused, have some control back in my life”
“I feel alert and more awake, little bit more energy”
“Encouragement from staff helped, I also set myself achievable goals when attending the gym”
“Exercise is good to keep your mind clear and keeps you fit”
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.
On all wards a pharmacist will be available to assist with concerns or queries.
There are also many leaflets available with detailed information about individual medications. Staff on the ward will be able to supply these, you can keep them at the back of this Welcome Pack.
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 4pm. The helpline number is 0191 245 6604.
Clinical Psychologists help improve a person’s sense of wellbeing and mental health. They help people to think about possibilities for change and alternative ways of coping. Clinical Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
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 programme 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 healthy eating, exercise and stress management.
- Work, training and education to help you develop the skills and confidence to take part in paid or unpaid work, courses and training.
- Leisure activities such as pursuing a hobby or sport.
- Relating to yourself and others to improve your confidence and self esteem and help you to develop coping strategies.
Availability of these activities does vary slightly from area to area; the current programme for your ward will be displayed on the wall.
The arts therapies are made up of art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy and dance movement therapy. They offer a creative way of communicating to those who, for whatever reason, find that words alone are not enough.
The aim of the arts therapies is to enable service users to experience him/herself differently and develop new ways of relating to others. They can give meaning to a person’s experience, creating an opportunity for change and recovery.