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. The main approach 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.
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.
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.
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.
“ Staff have helped me find things to do in the community and I’ve made friends doing this, it’s great ”
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.
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.