Cygnet Appletree to open new acute service for women

Pippin Ward, our new 10 bed female acute service at Cygnet Appletree near Durham, is due to open on Monday 25th November 2019. The service will provide a safe and stabilising environment for women who are experiencing an acute episode of mental illness and require an emergency admission.

Cygnet Appletree also provides a 16 bed high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service, Bramley Ward, for women who require a longer term placement and have severe or enduring mental illness. Bramley Ward will be able to support individuals from Pippin Ward to move through their recovery journey, if required.

The ethos of this service is about assessing and treating service users in the least restrictive environment and planning for discharge in a robust and timely fashion. With a focus on stabilisation, we will support service users to manage their mental health, reinforce daily living skills and prepare for independent life back in the community.

Our team will work closely and collaboratively with service users, their families and the referrer to provide a seamless pathway from referral to discharge. Our approach is recovery focused and supported by a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team, contributing to shorter lengths of stay.

Our service user profile:

  • Women, aged 18+
  • May be informal or detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Experiencing an acute episode of mental illness requiring a crisis admission
  • Diagnoses may include:
    • Acute mental illness
    • Acute depressive illness
    • Psychosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bi-polar disorder
    • Personality disorder
    • Dual diagnosis
  • May present with co-morbid presentations:
    • Self-harm
    • Substance misuse issues
    • Complex needs
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