Mental health services for older people
Rowan Ward is an inpatient unit which provides assessment and treatment for people over the age of 65 who have a functional mental health need, such as bipolar illness or acute depression and for people of all ages who have a progressive organic illness such as Alzheimer?s disease.
The ward aims are:
- That those people who need and benefit from admission to a mental health inpatient unit are cared for in the best environment possible within current resources
- That they deliver and seek to continuously improve high quality services which promote recovery and wellbeing and provide a good patient experience.
Treatments and therapies
The team offer a holistic assessment and treatment plan based on a recovery model, which includes access to cognitive stimulation and behavioural based therapies, psychological therapies, medication treatment plans, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
The ward team includes:
- Health care assistants
- Occupational therapist
- Ward clerk.
There is also pharmacist and psychologist input into the ward.
How to access the service
People who are referred to Rowan Ward will have been assessed in the first instance by mental health services for older people (MHSOP) community services, either in their home, in a nursing/residential care setting, on the general hospital ward or through accident and emergency. GPs can refer patients to community mental health services.
Referrals are generally from the Harrogate and Wetherby, Ripon and Rural districts of the sector.
How does the assessment process work?
When a patient arrives at the ward they will be greeted by a health care assistant, who will inform the nurse of their arrival and will then proceed to admit the patient to the ward. This will involve a physical examination as well as a mental health assessment.
Within 72 hours the patient will have a personal recovery planning meeting which will explain the plan to help them in their recovery. Progress is reported on every inpatients recovery at a report out each morning.
Average length of stay on the ward is 6 to 7 weeks, although some people may be able to go home sooner than this and some people may benefit from being in hospital for a little longer.
Rowan ward is a 16 bedded unit, consisting of 3 wards each with 4 beds and 4 single rooms.
The ward is undergoing a process of refurbishment which will provide single sex lounges, an activities lounge, an activities kitchen, facilities for patients to do their own laundry and access to a courtyard garden. This refurbishment will be completed in November 2013.
Activities are planned on an individual basis with each patient on the ward through assessment by the occupational therapist.
There is also a schedule of daily activities on the ward.
Meal times, which are protected, are:
- Breakfast 8.00am - 8.30am
- Lunch 12 noon - 1.00pm
- Evening meal 5.00pm - 6.00pm
- Supper 8.00pm
Drinks and snacks are available at all times, on request.
The ward has an open visiting policy, with the exception of protected meal times.
The Trust operates a child visiting policy that applies to all children up to the age of 18 years. All visits by children must be pre-arranged with ward staff to ensure the visit can occur, as well as the safety of the child. A responsible adult should accompany the child when visiting. Visitors are requested to ring the ward prior to their visit to ensure the visit can be facilitated.
More information about facilities at Harrogate District Hospital
There is a chapel at Harrogate District Hospital which is available to everyone. If you wish to speak to a chaplain, or visit the chapel, a member of ward staff can give you further information.
A pay phone is available on the ward. Alternatively, relatives can also ring the ward and calls can be transferred to a private area.
Herriot's Restaurant and the WRVS coffee shop are available and during good weather a patio area is accessible.