Coming into hospital
Who can be admitted
- Any person over the age of 18 with a learning disability who has a mental health illness, severe challenging behaviour and/or a co-existing complex neurological disorder, and whose needs cannot be effectively treated within the community.
- The need for admission will be agreed by community professionals, for example social workers, GPs, psychiatrists. They will liaise with the hospital medical team to arrange admission.
- After arriving, the patient will be introduced to the nurse in charge. They will then be shown round the ward and introduced to staff and other patients.
- After being admitted, the patient (with their relatives’ permission) will assist in the completion of an assessment and care plan.
- The patient (and relatives – with the patient’s consent) will be fully involved in planning care and treatment.
What patients should bring into hospital
- Their own clothes. Patients will be asked if they would like to have their clothes labelled with identification for daily laundry services, which are available on site. In some cases, families may prefer to take clothing home to be cleaned.
- Small amount of money for daily use. Money can be stored securely and safely in the ward office.
- Any other items the patient relies on to assist with daily living, for example communication aids, mobility aids.
Patients should not bring the following into hospital:
- items of value
- towels and bedding – we provide these in the hospital
- lots of personal items – we appreciate these can be important, but we have limited storage space on the wards