Harland Ward
Lanchester Road Hospital
Lanchester Road, Durham

Tel: 0191 44 15980

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About the service

Harland Ward is a longer term treatment ward for male patients over 18 years with learning disabilities and/or associated mental health problems.

The ward is part of the low secure forensic learning disability service.

The longer term gives more time for reassessment of risks, relapse prevention work and caters for those patients that require longer to complete their treatment.

The ward provides support to patients to help them through their treatment by adopting a holistic approach to care. The approach taken involves the implementation, planning and evaluation of care plans, risk assessments and nursing intervention planning to identify the best possible treatment for Harland patients. All treatment is based on the patient’s individual needs, while maintaining the safety of patients, staff and members of the public.

Harland offers a broad range of positive therapeutic treatments, including individualised programmes of occupational and domestic and leisure pursuits that help create a supportive community network, whilst promoting rights, independence, choice and inclusion for patients. It is also important to assess risk, alongside promoting wellbeing to help move patients from treatment to rehabilitation.

The ward and service aim to:

  • Promote dignity, privacy and safety, balanced with the safety and security of the wider community.
  • Reduce the risks of patients offending whilst maximising opportunities to improve their quality of life.
  • Encourage individuals as far as possible to take responsibility for managing their own behaviour.
  • Make sure patients and carers are the ward's first priority.
  • Provide treatment by a multi-disciplinary team; working with patients and professionals in other organisations to make sure people’s needs are met, in a helpful and friendly manner.
  • Make sure patients have the same access to services that everyone in the community gets.
  • Work with patients to build their trust and confidence by being open and honest when interacting with them.
  • Listen to patients' complaints so that the quality of services provided can improve.
  • Make sure that care provided is monitored by reviewing work.
  • Respect the rights of patients in accordance with the Mental Health Act (1983), Human Rights Act 2000 and The White Paper Valuing People (2001).

The Harland Ward team

Harland nursing staff provide care to the patients on the ward 24 hours a day. The ward team includes: a unit manager, deputy unit manager, registered nurses, nursing assistants, housekeeper and ward clerk/receptionist.

Each registered nurse will take on the role of primary nurse for patients. Nursing assistants will work with primary nurses to support and meet the needs of the patient.

How to access the service

Individuals are referred to the ward by doctors, courts, police or approved social workers.

The main method of referral is through consultants within the trust. Primarily patients are referred from treatment or acute areas, when it is felt that they need a longer time frame to complete the treatment required.

A nurse will carry out a comprehensive assessment and risk assessment. Both historical and present information is included. All the information is collated and taken to the multi-disciplinary team, where a decision is made about whether the service is appropriate for the individual.

About Harland Ward

Harland Ward has six bedrooms, all with an ensuite bathroom.

Other facilites on the ward include:

  • A lounge
  • A quiet room
  • Dining room, which is also used for activity sessions.
  • The ward has a large kitchen and operates as fully self catering. Staff promote the involvement of patients in all shopping, cooking and menu planning for the ward.

Visiting hours

There are no set visiting times on Harland Ward, but visitors are asked to avoid protected meal times.

The ward encourages patients to have visitors whilst in hospital eg parents, guardians, relatives and friends. However, the ward has a no child visiting policy, therefore do not allow children under the age of 18 years to visit the ward.

Visitors are not permitted to smoke on the ward and are not permitted to smoke in any trust building or grounds.

Meal times (protected)

Breakfast: 8.00am

Lunch: 12.00noon

Evening meal: 5.00pm

Supper: 8.15pm

Meal times are protected. These times can be flexible to patients requests or the need of the ward.