Mental health services for older people, Teesside
Westerdale North has moved temporarily to Sandwell Park due to Major building work required to Roseberry Park site. Read the press release and full briefing. If you have any questions about the move you can contact Tom Hurst, Modern Matron on 01429 285601.
About the service
Westerdale North is a 20 bed acute assessment and treatment ward for older adults with a wide variety of mental health problems.
The ward adopts a recovery-orientated approach. The assessment process is centred around planning for recovery, using cognitive behavioural approaches.
This offers the possibility of improvement in a person’s condition and/or experience, fostering hope for the future, and emphasises the importance of the person finding personal resilience and taking personal responsibility for their own wellbeing.
It involves a focus on the person and their strengths, and collaboration between those who need support and those who support them.
Each person’s experiences of recovery are unique and involve consideration of physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, social and psychological needs. Promotion of community links and involvement by the person is core to a recovery-orientated approach.
Westerdale North supports Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Stockton older peoples' community mental health teams (CMHTs).
The Westerdale North team
Westerdale North has a multidisciplinary team, working together in partnership with the community mental health teams, to deliver a recovery based programme for each individual patient, dependent on needs.
The multidisciplinary team consists of:
- An inpatient only consultant psychiatrist
- Nursing team
- Clinical psychologist
- Occupational therapist
- Physical care practitioner.
The nursing team consists of:
- Ward manager
- Clinical lead (ward sister)
- Staff nurses
- Health care assistants.
The nursing team offer 24 hour care to support both patients and carers, and are available to help relieve anxieties or concerns related to their care or admission into the ward.
The teams are supported by the Trust's dietetic, speech and language service.
Referrals into inpatient services
Referrals to both Westerdale wards are via secondary services, such as hospital services, other Trust teams etc and associated partners.
About the unit - the inpatient environment
Westerdale’s (north and south) accommodation includes 34 bedrooms with wheelchair access (four of which have been designed specifically for patients with disabilities). There are 20 beds allocated to Westerdale North, although the design of the building allows for a degree of flexibility to move two beds from one ward to the other, when needs demand it.
Westerdale North facilities include:
Communal day dining area
A central feature of the communal day dining area is a ceiling to floor wall of glass, which not only maximises the use of natural light into the ward, but looks into the enclosed and well established garden of the ward.
Available in the communal day area is a TV, music centre and book case with assorted board games, books, daily/evening papers and a pay phone accessible for patients.
In the communal dining area a small tea bar (and fridge stocked with milk), is available 24 hours for patients to make a hot drink, independent of nursing staff.
The ward also provides a second smaller lounge with a TV for alternative viewing and a small female only lounge with a music centre.
All bedrooms are single occupancy 16 of which are en-suite and all open out onto a central corridor.
Activity and other rooms
There are activity rooms available within Westerdale, including a fully equipped occupational therapy kitchen, physiotherapy room and multipurpose activity room (which also doubles as a child visiting room, when required).
There is a laundry room comprising of a washer and separate drier.
The nursing office is situated immediately off the communal day area.
Sandwell Park and Roseberry Park are smoke-free sites. No smoking by patients, visitors or staff is permitted in hospital grounds. Smoking cessation support is available from our multi-disciplinary team members.
Meal times, which are considered to be protected, are:
- Breakfast 8.00am - 9.15am
- Lunch 12.00 noon - 12.45pm
- Dinner 5.00pm - 5.45pm
Visiting times on Westerdale North are:
- Monday to Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm
- Saturday and Sunday - open visiting between 10.00am to 8.00pm (but relatives are asked to avoid meal times).
The ward is however able to accommodate visiting outside these times, please contact ward nurses to arrange.
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