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Brooker Ward - Older Persons Mental Health

Brooker is a 22 bedded acute older persons ward. The ward is divided in to two wards, functional ward is a 8 bedded ward and our organic ward is a 14 bedded. Traditionally, our functional ward would support our patients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar etc and our organic ward would support patients with dementia. In current times, our functional ward is being used as our admission ward and our patients will isolate for 10 days and then move over to our organic ward for further treatment.

Our patients are often admitted to Brooker ward due to a decline in their mental state and this then may be having an impact on the patients risk to self or others. The patient may be admitted informally or under a section and throughout their admission, they will be supported through the multidisciplinary team whilst having weekly ward rounds to allow for a review in their treatment. During their admission, we work closely with family members to ensure the patient’s views are being shared and this is especially for our organic patients.

Brooker ward has a designated physiotherapy and occupational therapy team. This allows for a holistic approach for our patients. They are able to be supported with strengthening their mobility through exercise provided by the physiotherapy team. Alongside their active daily living, such as home visits, kitchen assessments being provided by occupational therapy team. With this service, it aids in discharging our patient appropriately and safely.

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Referral criteria

Older adults with a functional illness

Older adults with an organic illness

Provision of  in-depth clinical assessment for those who are vulnerable and at risk in the community

To provide crisis intervention

To treat, manage and meet complex mental health needs

All admissions to the unit are planned via the multi-disciplinary team.    This includes admissions in compliance with the Mental Health Act 2007 including those required  out of hours. Referrals from the Deliberate Self Harm Team will be accepted as per local  protocol.

Urgent psychiatric referrals from general hospitals are only accepted when the  patient is medically stable (transfer form must be  completed).

Full service description


The catchment area that it serves is all of Portsmouth City, which is co-terminus with the geographical area supported by Portsmouth City Council Social Services. The Older Persons mental health service in Portsmouth is part of Solent NHS Trust and as such it provides care for those patients registered within the GP practices within the trust who require specialist secondary care. It is located on the St James’ Hospital site in the Milton area of Portsmouth.

The facility caters primarily for persons over the age of 65 and all 22 single rooms have en-suite facilities. All areas have a facility to provide single sex areas including single sex quiet areas and the unit is accessible for individuals with physical disabilities.

Most patients with primary Alcohol and Drug problems use the inpatient facilities provided by the Substance Misuse service, frail or confused patients may use the OPMH facilities.  There are close links with the community physical and mental health services such as the Community Mental Health Teams, and Intermediate Care team facilitating a seamless service between inpatient and outpatient care.

Mental Health promotion and care works best when statutory and voluntary services work jointly with patients and carers, this is the underlying philosophy of the Brooker ward. Patients and carers are actively involved in planning care.

Patients and carers are actively involved in planning, commenting on and monitoring service quality and delivery in the Locality generally.

The design and culture of the service strives to provide peace, tranquillity and skilled person-centred care for its patients.


Other information & documentation

Direct referrals eg from GPs are not accepted .

Contact Information

Wendy Mortimer/Jaqui Young

0300 123 3922

The Limes, St James Hospital, Woodlands Walk, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 8GB

Special Notice
The wards are open 24hrs a day, seven days a week. Visiting times are currently restricted due to Covid 19 pandemic and must be booked through the Limes reception.

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