Brooker Ward - Older Persons Mental Health
Brooker ward is an Older Persons Mental Health (OPMH) inpatient unit, is has 22 beds, comprised of an 8 bedded Functional acute ward, and a 14 bedded Organic ward. The multidisciplinary team provide care for older adults requiring assessment and treatment for an acute phase of a mental illness or a mental illness causing severely challenging behaviour. The MDT (multi-disciplinary team) includes nurses, healthcare support workers, Doctors, Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and psychologists, who work together with patients and family members to provide person centered care.
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 .
Wendy Mortimer/Jaqui Young
The Limes, St James Hospital, Woodlands Walk, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 8GB
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.