Acute and Rehabilitation Services

 

Acute and Rehabilitation Services provide adult inpatient services for a Crisis and Assessment Service Treatment Team (CATT) and Accident and Emergency (A & E) Liaison.  It also has responsibility for a specialist Obsessional Compulsive Disorder service based at QE2 in Welwyn Garden City.

This service group also provides Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Services.

Our Adult Acute Inpatient Services aim to provide a high standard of treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic setting for service users in the most acute and vulnerable stage of their illness.  They are specifically for those service users whose circumstances or acute needs are such that they cannot be treated and supported at home or elsewhere in a less restrictive setting.  A stay in hospital may assist with a more in-depth assessment and medical treatment.

There are five sites for adult mental health.  These are located in several different places across the Trust’s area.  All units have facilities such as lounge areas, activity rooms and gardens.  During a stay on one of the wards you should have contact with a Care Co-ordinator from the community teams, as well as the staff on the ward.

The Trust's psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) is called Oak Unit, and caters for those who are experiencing an intense period of mental distress and are very unwell. It is housed in new, purpose- built, premises which opened in June 2009 on the Kingsley Green site, near Radlett.

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams (CATTs) provide intensive support in the community, and at home, for a small group of service users who, without this support, would require a hospital admission. This is a 24 hours per day, 365 days a year service.

Our Accident and Emergency (A & E) Liaison Teams operate in the acute general hospitals, specifically Lister, Watford and QE2 at Welwyn Garden City.  They assist colleagues in general medicine with advice and support on a variety of issues and are able to assess service users who arrive at A & E departments.