Willow ward (Barnsley)

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About the service

Willow Ward is a gender-specific inpatient ward with 5 male beds and 5 female beds, all en-suite. The ward is on one level providing disabled access and shower facilities/bathing. There is also a male/female lounge, dining area and small garden area.

The ward‘s philosophy is based on assessment, treatment and recovery. The aim of the service is to promote the wellbeing and independence of people with mental health problems. We provide high quality needs-led care within which focusses on helping individuals recover.

The service provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment which promotes the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of all service users during a serious episode of mental illness.

We aim to support people to fulfil their potential by:

  • Promoting wellness and recovery
  • Offering health promotion initiatives
  • Helping service users to access community services and amenities

Promoting optimum level of independence.

Why would someone choose the service?

Our staff work in partnership with other agencies in order to ensure that service user care runs seamlessly. We work in full collaboration with the service user and their family/carer, where appropriate.

The ward as a dedicated full time occupational therapist who works with all the patients on the ward. Occupational therapists help people to identify their daily needs and aspirations, providing advice on how to cope with their mental illness and other illnesses or disabilities.

When admitted to the ward, all patients are allocated a named nurse and associate named nurse for the duration of their stay.  Your named nurse will work with you to discuss your care plan, ensuring your individual needs are met dependant on need. Full health and wellbeing screening is also offered on admission. The ward works closely with specialist practitioners to offer advice/interventions dependant on individual circumstance.

Willow ward has access to physiotherapy, an onsite gym and a small library located in the Oakwell Centre at Kendray Hospital. We also offer a therapeutic activities group which includes chair exercise weekly, one to one interventions, relaxation, access to the internet and computer access. We also have a selection of games, DVDs craft items and Wii.

On admission, all patients are given a welcome pack which includes:

  • Ward information leaflet
  • Role of the named nurse
  • Security of personal property
  • Privacy and dignity leaflet
  • Infection control

Patients are also provided with health promotion and wellbeing information on the following:

  • Oral health
  • Pressure care
  • Smoking cessation
  • Dietary advice
  • Exercise advice
  • Breast cancer detection
  • Testicular cancer

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