Who is our service for?
At Edward Street we give 24-hour care and support to older people with mental health needs such as dementia, depression and anxiety.
How do we help?
We have two inpatient wards at Edward Street Hospital: Salter and Chance. Privacy and dignity is maintained on the wards at all times. Male and female patients are nursed in different accommodation on all wards.
Chance Ward provides support for older people with mental health needs such as dementia. Salter Ward provides support for older people with mental health needs such as depression and anxiety.
Our service helps people return to their homes. If someone is unable to return home, we will advise on the type of appropriate accommodation required in the community, according to someone’s mental and physical health needs.
During someone’s stay on our wards we make sure, as far as is possible, that they maintain some independence by doing day-to-day things such as making their beds, and washing and dressing themselves. Those unable to do so will be assisted by nursing staff.
We have lots of different kinds of staff supporting the people on our wards. Depending on their needs, someone might be getting special support from psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and physiotherapists. Together, these staff have a range of ways to help people both physically and mentally. This comes alongside the care that our nurses, consultant psychiatrists, and health care support workers give to patients.
We also arrange for people to get help from social workers should the need arise. When we begin planning for someone to return home or into the community, social workers help us make sure that the person’s social needs will be met when they are no longer in our care. For instance, social workers can help with identifying eligibility for funding for people who are looking to find a residential care or nursing home.
When we feel someone can be discharged from the hospital, we try to make sure that their future wellbeing is planned for. To do this we hold a meeting to discuss someone’s being discharged. Where possible, the person being discharged will attend this meeting, as well as several staff. Other people who may come to the meeting are the person’s family, carer, and social workers.
If someone is going back home we will devise a care plan and consider what is required for that person. If appropriate, we refer the person to one of our community-based services, such as the Therapy and Recovery Unit, according to their discharge plan.
Who can refer into our service?
Referrals always come from health professionals, such as GPs, and all referrals go to our consultant psychiatrists.
What about carers and families?
Families and carers are invited to attend meetings where we discuss someone’s care. Families and carers also help us learn about someone’s life history so we can plan the right kind of care for that person. Each ward has set visiting hours but, if possible, other arrangements can be made to meet the needs of the patient.
How do you reach us?
Staff will be working on the wards 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Edward Street Hospital