South Hampton – Women’s High Dependency Inpatient Rehabilitation

South Hampton Ward at Cygnet Hospital Bury is a 12 bed high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service for women who have severe and enduring mental illness and who may have been detained under the Mental Health Act. The people we support often come to us following multiple placement breakdowns, failed treatment programmes or stepping down from secure settings.

The team on South Hampton Ward work collaboratively with the ladies to provide individualised, person-centred care. Such activities include: time management, daily living skills, budgeting, cooking, 1:1 sessions, education around medication, transport in the community, relapse prevention and utilising coping strategies at times of distress.

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Our psychology and occupational therapy led interventions effectively tackle the challenges of mental health and alongside our clinical interventions we help women enhance their personal skills to rebuild their lives.

The team understand that people progress in different ways and at different speeds; they maintain a positive, helpful attitude and constantly support individuals by working with them to set realistic goals for the future. The ethos of the ward is such that service users are supported through their times of distress in a low stimulus environment to minimise impact on their mental health and wellbeing and to reduce impact on other service users.

When the time is right, access to the local community is an essential step along the pathway to independence, for both leisure pursuits and for social training such as shopping and using public transport. External activities are tailored to individual needs and wishes.

Service user profile

  • Women aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or informal
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with:
    • Complex comorbidities
    • Substance, drug and alcohol abuse
    • Treatment resistance
    • Behaviours that challenge
  • Aiming for a return to community or community-based care
  • History of sexual abuse or domestic violence
  • Typical diagnoses: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder or depression
  • May have secondary diagnoses of mild learning disability, autism spectrum disorder or personality disorder
  • May have a forensic history and/or be stepping down from secure services
  • May have a history of repeated acute admissions

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • On-site educational facilities
  • Therapy kitchen
  • Gym
  • Beauty salon
  • Activity room
  • Social spaces and communal areas

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