Mental health care needs more resources to build modern hospitals that are fit for purpose and offer the best facilities for service users - that was the call from the guest speaker at our Trust Annual Members’ Meeting.
Over the coming months, we will continue talking to staff, service users and carers about what more we need to do to keep people well in the community and give them greater choice and control over their care. We need to consider all our services and how they interact to support this aim. Two dedicated sessions have therefore been organised where we can do this together.
Staff and service users celebrated the official opening of the Feel Good garden which is now flourishing at Highgate Mental Health Centre after being transplanted from the Chelsea Flower Show last year.
Staff and service users have been nurturing their newly-refurbished garden on Montagu Ward this summer and are now harvesting the fruits of their labours in the form of marrows, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, corn and other vegetables.
New raised beds were built in the garden and they are now brimming with a wide range of herbs, flowers and vegetables.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 020 3317 6333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.