Inpatient admission - Working age adults: What to expect - Video

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Inpatient admission - Working age adults: What to expect

This video explains what happens when someone is admitted to an working age adults inpatient unit.

If you are referred to adult inpatient services you may not know what to expect or be worried about what lies ahead. We hope this film will reassure you about the quality of the services we offer and give you some of the information you need.

People of working age are referred to our adult inpatient units from a number of sources including community mental health teams, hospital A&E departments and GPs.

People are either admitted voluntarily – this is the majority – or they may have been sectioned under the mental health act.

Before admission, you will be given an assessment to decide what treatment will work best for you.

If admission is the best option, on arrival you will be shown to the ward where you will stay. One of the nursing staff will welcome you onto the ward and offer you a drink. They will introduce you to the team and show you around the ward, including the room where your bed is.

A doctor will sit with you soon after admission and ask questions to find out more about you. This is to ensure that we can best meet your needs. They will also check your physical health, and this will take place in a private area.

You will be introduced to your primary nurse. This is the person who will meet with you throughout the whole period of your admission to discuss your progress and future treatment needs.

You will be given a welcome pack and a toiletry bag. The welcome pack has information on visiting times, care planning, ward rules and details of the ward staff. Your primary nurse will work through the welcome pack with you throughout your admission. They will also make sure you know what your rights are on the ward – including how to access your notes - and how to complain if you are not happy about something.

You will meet with the whole team once every week to discuss treatment options, medication and help plan your discharge.