Starling Ward – Older Adult Male High Dependency Inpatient Rehabilitation

Cygnet Hospital Taunton
Starling Ward is our older adult male high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service. The ward offers a pathway from our older adult acute services into an environment which has a key focus upon discharge planning. Starling Ward is opening in mid-March 2019.

The ward has been specially designed for older adults who have a mental health diagnosis alongside acute, chronic or degenerative physical health conditions.


The Starling Ward nursing team has a skill mix of both registered general and mental health nurses who work in collaboration with the visiting GP and medical team. The hospital team have established close ties with the local general hospital that offer specialist support with chronic conditions. This support enables the team to manage a range of presentations and comorbidities. The multi-disciplinary team will establish the impact a service user’s physical health has on their mental health and wellbeing.

Service users on Starling Ward have support from the full MDT with a range of interventions available including occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy and social work.

Amongst the outcomes we aim to achieve are:

  • Improved wellbeing and social functioning
  • A focus on rehabilitation and the development of independence skills which also includes the maintenance of skills for service users who may have degenerative conditions
  • Supporting service users to return to the community, by working with carers, nursing homes and other community provisions
  • Improved physical health monitoring for service users in our care
  • The provision of physical health management plans to support carers and other providers to maintain a service user’s health post discharge

Older Adult Care Pathway

Service users on Starling ward may also have the opportunity to move onto Nightingale Ward if they are in need of additional support prior to a successful discharge, or if they have specific needs and require a smaller environment.


The ward provides a range of facilities including single, en-suite bedrooms, a large lounge area, a dining room with access to a secure kitchen and a secure garden.

Referrals can be made by contacting the Cygnet referrals team via 0808 164 4450 or by emailing [email protected].

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