12 October 2020

New acute service for men with mental health conditions at Huntercombe Roehampton

We’re delighted to announce that our new 10 bed acute service for men at Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is now open!  We believe that this new service perfectly complements our existing Psychiatric Intensive Care Service (PICU) and will hugely benefit our male patients.  With this new service, we can now make sure that as soon as patients reach a certain stage in their recovery journey, they can move seamlessly and, more importantly, quickly from our PICU service into a ward environment that will better support their ongoing recovery.

Other features of our new acute service include:

  • Treatment starts on day of admission – as is the same with our PICU service, regardless of the day of the week a person enters our acute service, their multi-disciplinary treatment will start immediately which in turn leads to quicker recovery and discharge.
  • Weekly progress updates – by providing frequent weekly progress updates on a patient’s progress, decisions that are in the best interests of our patients can be made promptly.
  • Access to therapies not typically available – our therapy department includes psychology, occupational therapy and art therapy.  These therapies are available to our patients in the evenings and at weekends as well as during the day.  As we are uniquely located next to Roehampton University, which offers MA training and Art, Drama, Music and Dance Movement Therapy, we are now hosting training placements for the university. Our patients now have access to these HCPC accredited creative therapies under the supervision of our Art Therapist.
  • Executive discharge summary on day of discharge – we will provide an executive summary on the day of discharge followed by a full discharge summary within 48 hours. This will ensure that referrers have all the information they need to make sure the patient receives the most suitable ongoing support once they’ve left our hospital.

We’re also happy to admit male patients to our acute service either directly from another PICU service or directly from the community if there is a deterioration in their mental health.