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Mental Health Day Hospital

I was a nurse at an amazing Mental Health Day Hospital (DH) where patients were actively involved in planning a timetable of evidence-based therapeutic activities to support them in their recovery before being discharged as an in-patient.

It wasn’t a drop-in centre. Ward patients were referred by their Consultant and attended the DH normally for a period of 12 weeks. Part of the programme was that patients had to agree to attend their chosen groups. Once admitted, they would spend time with their named nurse (who oversaw their care at the DH) and together choose therapies and activities that would best suit their needs.

Their named nurse would attend their weekly multidisciplinary ward round to hand over documented patient progress. The multidisciplinary team (which includes the patient) would at some point decide the patient was well enough to be discharged from the ward…

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