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Severe and complex Mental Health problems. Marked behavioural difficulties as a consequence of Metal Health problems. Complex Family/Carer situations requiring specialist intervention.
Hearing a person’s life story can be a powerful tool to help understand the individual and their experiences. It also helps with their memory, which is relevant for our service users. Our MHSOP service has taken on this work of capturing life stories of the service users.
Whilst this is a 30 bed Cardiology Ward, not all patients are singly diagnosed with cardiac problems. On our ward we have patients with end stage Huntington’s- Chorea and also patients with Schizophrenia as well as other complex conditions It can be challenging to find useful techniques in dealing with these patients.
Care of the Elderly is provided at Colchester General Hospital, Cognitive impairment does not only exist on elderly medicine wards and quite often, long stay care of the elderly is found on our Orthopaedic Wards as well as others. We were witnessing episodes of social isolation and poor communication on Fordham Ward and felt that […]
Treating the elderly in hospital can be quite a frightening experience for them and one that can cause extreme agitation. When the person that is presenting, is one that has a potentially life threatening condition, it is even more difficult, as time is of the essence. One such situation occurred when a lady was admitted […]
To provide stimulation to patients as a way of calming and reducing anxiety and agitation as well as freeing up valuable nursing resource in 1:1 Nursing Care.
The opportunity to offer meaningful activities as a way of stimulating patients is contributing towards a reduction in falls.
Springwood is a complex needs unit which provide 14 beds and one being a high dependency suite for 24 hour care. Typically we accommodate people over age of 65yrs who come to us with complex needs. The challenges we face are difficulty in communication, lack of stimulation/meaningful activity, increased wandering, poor sleep hygiene, lack of […]
To remove isolation in patients suffering with dementia and other cognitive impairments and to bring in anything that would help with this that would also provide the opportunity to engage with patients. At the same time we wanted to offer purposeful activities and the opportunity for better patient/carer interaction.