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Alternative services to an inpatient stay

Acute Day Treatment Units (ADTU)

Our Acute Day Treatment Units (ADTU) can also provide an alternative to an inpatient stay. The units are open seven days a week, all year round. It is a therapeutic environment that provides support and treatment for people in acute mental health crisis. The team is made up of occupational therapists, nurses, support workers, psychologists and doctors.

The service enables people to stay at home and still receive acute care treatment and support. People who attend the ADTU will take part in groups and one to one sessions that will support their recovery. People usually attend the ADTU for about two to four weeks. Click on one of the images below to watch our service video.



Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams (CATT)

The Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams (CATT) provide urgent assessments for people who are in crisis due to their mental health. The teams also support home treatment as an alternative to an inpatient stay. The crisis team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team works closely with the Acute Day Treatment Unit (ADTU), the inpatient wards and Host Families scheme. CATT also provides support to enable people to leave hospital earlier if they have been admitted. The team includes nurses, doctors, social workers and support workers.


Host Families scheme

A Host Family provides a caring, family environment for a guest, which avoids them being admitted to hospital admission, or allows them to leave hospital earlier. The service focuses more on home, family and the community for people who are going through a period of mental health crisis. Click here to find out more about our Host Families scheme


Mental Health Liaison Team

The Mental Health Liaison team is a specialist mental health service, based in Watford General and Lister Hospitals. Our team of mental health experts offer assessment, diagnosis and treatment for emotional and psychiatric ill health or problems with memory for anyone who attends the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E), or who is admitted as an inpatient at Lister or Watford Hospital.

If you are experiencing a combination of physical and mental ill health, the Mental Health Liaison team may be called upon by other staff involved in your care to start appropriate treatment, to help you get better. The team will also make sure that your treatment continues after discharge from hospital.
Watford General Team  09.00 to  Midnight  Monday to Sunday
Lister Hospital Team  09.00 – 21.00 Monday to Sunday


Street Triage

The Street Triage team work with the police. They will see people who come to the attention of the police in the community who may have mental health needs. The Street Triage worker,  who is a qualified mental health professional, will link the person with other services depending on their needs or provide advice and support to the police about the person - working closely with other Trust services. Currently the service operates 5.00pm to 4.00am,  seven days a week.


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