The older people's mental health service team is made up of mental health trained specialists including - nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social care staff. Our staff are skilled and experienced in working with older people with mental health problems, giving them the right skills to meet both the physical and mental health care needs of our patients.
We provide both inpatient and day hospital services for older people. Patients coming to our in-patient and day hospital services will have their care needs assessed by our team on referral to the service.
As part of the service, information and ongoing support will be given to our patients and their families and carers to help them in planning for their future needs.
Our services can be accessed by older people (over the age of 65 years) who are thought by their GP to require specialist mental health assessment as an inpatient admitted to one of our specialist wards or as a day hospital patient.
The nurse liaison service will receive referrals of older people already in hospital (either the Chesterfield Royal Hospital in the case of the acute liaison service, or in a DCHS non-specialist ward in the case of our own DCHS liaison service). Referrals can be made to this service by doctors, nurses and therapists.
Dawn Bradley, Ward Manager
Older People's Mental Health Service (Walton Hospital)