Hansa Ward – Mental Health with Learning Disabilities

Hansa Ward at Cygnet Hospital Beckton is a high dependency complex care service for women with learning disabilities, associated complex needs and who may have behaviours that challenge. We accept emergency referrals and the team are experienced in managing them quickly and efficiently to ensure the transition for the service user is as smooth as possible.

Hansa Ward, provides a high quality personcentred inpatient service. The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) work together with the women to provide a holistic, comprehensive assessment and care plan. The MDT ensures service user needs are met in a way that helps achieve recovery and discharge to the least restrictive setting.

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The occupational therapy team lead on many activities within Hansa Ward. They have their own kitchen where service users can learn or regain skills in cooking, meal planning and selfcare. Other training includes social skills and money management.

“We do day to day activities on the ward like life skills, cooking, pampering, Bingo, art, use the gym and creative writing. We also attend inter-ward groups which is where we team-up with patients from other wards to do a group. The things I think help me is doing the activities, using my S17 leave, attending my football training and visiting my Mum.”Service user

Service users are encouraged and enabled to access community services wherever possible, including local educational facilities. The hospital is very close to local amenities including shops, leisure facilities, colleges and others.

In line with the Transforming Care programme, Hansa has been successful in transitioning women from longer-stay hospitals into more community-based settings, and closer to home.

The service works collaboratively with commissioners to ensure high standards are maintained through a range of care and treatment reviews. The service can support individuals who may be stepping down from a low secure service, or who may need to come from a community setting or another locked rehabilitation service.

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Sensory room
  • Activity room
  • Extensive communal areas
  • Garden
  • Lounge equipped with interactive entertainment systems
  • Dining room
  • Therapy kitchen and laundry service to support skill development

Community links:

  • The Globe – Library & Adult Education
  • Newham Leisure Centre
  • Newham City Farm
  • St Marks Church – café, drop in and groups
  • Beckton Community Centre – drop in and groups
  • Hollywood Bowl – ten pin bowling
  • Thames Barrier Park – park and café
  • Community Garden projects – Abbey Gardens and Cody Dock
  • Local shops and cafés
  • UEL sports dock – gym, badminton, etc.
  • London sightseeing and places of interest

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