The ward can support up to 15 women and helps service users develop their independence and coping skills and gain insight into their illness. The aim is to help people move on to a less secure environment with a step towards community integration.
Referrals for the service come from all over the UK and most service users are stepping down from a more secure setting or from a PICU or acute setting. We can also work with individuals whose community or rehabilitation placements are not going as planned.
Service users on Milton Ward have support from the full MDT with a wide range of interventions available including occupational therapy, psychology, social work, advocacy, Independent Mental Health Advocacy services and access to a GP.
“Staff are nice, large ward space, therapies and psychology are good. Whole setup is good, the food is better than any hospital before.”Service user, Milton Ward
Our multi-disciplinary team works across the whole hospital and makes use of a broad range of therapies, including CAT, CBT, Schema Therapy, EMDR and DBT that are tailored to individual needs.
We run a number of groups, such as a ‘Hearing Voices Group’, which many of our service users find useful as a way to share their experience. There is also Family Therapy, active life health and promotion and a range of complementary therapies and activities including dance, art and music therapy, swimming, fishing and horse-riding.
All wards offer an Active Life programme to increase service user understanding of the intrinsic benefits of exercise for supporting sustained mental health recovery. This is achieved through a physical health assessment and a tailored individual care plan.
We also offer a comprehensive programme for those individuals who, as well as having a major mental illness, have abused drugs and/or alcohol. This programme is integrated into the therapeutic programme across the hospital and is accessible to all service users. Our dedicated therapist works with all services users and also works closely with community links and organisations.
Milton Ward has single en-suite bedrooms and spacious social and recreational spaces in a safe, female-friendly environment.
We also have Kewstoke Community Farm on the hospital grounds. This was formed in June 2012 as a joint venture scheme between Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke and Active Arts, a local charity. For more information please visit the Kewstoke Community Farm page.