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Inpatient services - Older People's Mental Health

Our inpatient service provides intensive care, support and treatment for older people with acute mental health needs.

An elderly gentleman gardening

Who uses this service?

We help people who are no longer able to be cared for at home as a result of their mental illness.

We help people with two main types of mental illness:


    Organic mental illness – this type of illness is usually caused by disease affecting the brain. Dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease is an example of organic illnesses.

  • Functional mental illness - this type of illness has a predominantly psychological cause. It may include conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders or anxiety.

Get access to this service

Contact your GP if you are concerned about your, or a loved one’s, mental health. Our Community Mental Health Teams will be able to carry out an assessment of your needs.

If the consultant psychiatrist in your local community team feels your care needs to be provided in an inpatient service, they will be able to arrange an admission.

How we can help

Our inpatient services provide 24-hour care for patients who need intensive support in managing their mental illness. The aim of our service is to help patients become well enough to return to living in their local community, whether that’s in their own home or in a nursing/care home.

We try to make sure our wards and welcoming and relaxed and will always work to make sure you’re treated with dignity and respect. We look at each patient’s individual needs when planning care and treatment. 

You can expect to receive a range of care, support and treatment from our team of staff, which may include: 

  • Medication

  • Medical care

  • Group and individual therapy sessions

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physiotherapy 

  • Activities, such as gardening and quizzes

  • Relaxation

Please note: our inpatients services are all smoke-free now. Staff will encourage patients not to smoke and will offer nicotine replacement products in place of cigarettes, along with advice and support to either temporarily stop smoking during their stay or to make an attempt to quit.

I would like to:

Know what to expect during my treatment

Find out what to bring

Meet the team

Contact us

You can find more information about our wards and how to contact each of them on our wards page.

Useful websites

NHS Choices (dementia)

Alzheimer's Society

Dementia UK