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Southfield - low secure inpatient ward


Tatchbury Mount, Calmore, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 2RZ  023 8087 4555
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Southfield is a specialist mental health inpatient service. It’s a low secure forensic unit with 28 beds. We provide care and treatment for people with serious mental illness who are aged 18-65 years.

We help people with serious mental illness. Most of our patients will have either committed a criminal offence, or have challenging behaviour.

We admit patients from:

  • Medium secure hospitals
  • Local psychiatric hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Courts

You can only be admitted to Southfield if you have been referred to our service. We accept referrals from consultant psychiatrists in mental health services.

We do not accept referrals directly from primary care (such as your GP) - these referrals should be seen by a consultant psychiatrist first.

We also accept referrals from:

  • Courts
  • Probation Service
  • Prison Service
  • Solicitors
  • Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) leads
  • Social Services departments


We accept referrals from Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight.

Southfield provides an innovative range of services focusing on recovery. We aim to help patients understand and manage their mental health so that where possible, they can be reintegrated back into the community.  

We help patients to be more independent and improve their quality of life through a safe and secure environment which is tailored to meet a patient’s individual needs. We do this through a range of treatments, therapies and services, which are provided by our multi-skilled teams.

There are three inpatient low secure step down wards in Southfield: 

  • Cedar Ward has 7 beds for females.  
  • Oak Ward has 9 beds for males   
  • Beech Ward has 10 beds for males 

The majority of patients are moving down through the secure services pathway. They are usually discharged into supported accommodation, or into the community. 

Willow Lodge - is a two bed step down flat which is used for either male or female patients.  

The teams are multi disciplinary with nurses, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists all of whom are based at Southfield. 

All admissions to Southfield are planned and you will have the opportunity to visit the unit before you're admitted.

Meeting your team

During your treatment at Southfield you will be allocated a primary nurse who will co-ordinate your care and treatment. Your primary nurse will work closely with you, promoting your recovery and the development of your independence. 

Other members of the team (for example occupational therapists) will also introduce themselves within a week of your arrival at the unit. They will arrange to meet with you for an initial assessment within two weeks. However, you will be invited to open groups at occupational therapy from the first day you arrive.

Ward rounds

Ward rounds take place on a Tuesday every three weeks.  This gives you the opportunity to meet with the team and discuss your care and treatment. A Care Programme Approach (CPA) meeting will be arranged for you following admission and then they take place once every six months.

Visitors

Family and friends are welcome to come and visit you at Southfield. To help ensure that visits are as safe and enjoyable as possible we have to make sure some preparations are made.

All visitors have to be approved by your care team before they will be added to your list of visitors. Visitors can’t come to see you if they’re not on your visiting list. Please discuss with staff about who you would want to visit you. Letting us know as soon as possible will help to avoid any delays.

Children under 18 are not able to visit Southfield. You will need to give 24 hours notice before visiting.

There are some items that visitors cannot bring to the unit, including mobile phones. A full list of prohibited items will be provided to visitors. Visitors will need to leave prohibited items in a secure locker at reception.

Leave

When you first arrive you may be restricted to your ward for a few days. This gives us the opportunity to get to know you quickly.  However, you will be allowed outside in ward courtyard areas to get fresh air with an escort. 

After a while you will be able to go around the unit with an escort and as things progress, you might be allowed around the unit without an escort.  This will depend on risk factors and your current mental health.
  
Eventually when things are safe enough you will be allowed short visits into the hospital grounds with an escort, usually starting at 15 minutes a day.  As things progress you will get more escorted ground leave and then you will move on to unescorted ground leave. 
 
The next progression will be escorted community leave then unescorted community leave.  

If you are a 'restricted' (section 41) patient your team will not be able to give you community leave without permission from the Home Office.

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Team
Beech Ward , Southfield
Southfield Tatchbury Mount, Calmore
Southampton
So40 8ST
United Kingdom
Main phone number
023 8087 4555
Beech Ward is a 10 bedded inpatient low secure ward for males This is based at Southfield Low Secure Unit The unit also contains another male ward, Oak and a female ward, Cedar and a two bed flat, Willow lodge, which is a step down flat used for either male or female patients The referral criteria are consistent with NHS England service specification for Low secure Learning Disabilities inpatient service All of the inpatients are detained under the Mental Health Act and a gatekeeping assessment is completed on all referrals to confirm that they are appropriate for the service and ensure that people are cared for in the least restrictive environment Beech ward is predominantly a low secure step down ward, with the majority of patients moving down through the secure services pathway The service users are usually discharged into supported accommodation, or into the community The team comprises of a multi disciplinary team comprised of nurses, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists all of whom are based at Southfield
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