This service is for people aged over 65 who have mental health problems. The community mental health service consists of:
- community mental health team
- memory clinic
- day assessment unit
- day care services
Some people may need care and services in a hospital-based residential setting. Clinique Pinel and Rosewood House provide services in these cases.
Residential mental health services for older people
Accessing community mental health services
The community service and memory clinic only take referrals from general practitioners (GPs). The community mental health team meets every week to decide if a referral is appropriate for the memory clinic or the community mental health team, and this meeting also provides an opportunity for the team to discuss individual cases.
What do we do?
The community mental health team works to provide care for people in the most appropriate environment for each individual. Some of the things we do include:
- providing information and support to clients and carers
- monitoring conditions
- organising respite
- managing medication
- assessing care placement, risk management, daily living activities, homes and adaptations
- psychological therapy
Who do we work with?
We work with a number of agencies, such as:
- Family Nursing and Home Care
- private care agencies
- Housing Department
- Social Security Department
- respite and continuing care team
- day care services
- other Health and Social Services departments, including the hospital itself
The memory clinic
The memory clinic accepts referrals from GPs, mainly for people over 65 who are experiencing difficulties with their memory. The memory clinic offers support with:
Where appropriate, memory clinic staff will refer people to other agencies, including the community mental health team.
You can contact us 7 days a week. See the contact details section at the top right of this page for contact details. If you need help outside working hours, you should contact your GP. The memory clinic is available by appointment during office hours.