University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

What happens when I come in?

Following admission, the team will discusses the needs and progress for each patient at the weekly team ward round and agree a treatment plan. Any necessary appointments are subsequently arranged with team members and family/carers. Parents/carers will collect their child each Friday or as arranged, and progress, changes to the care plan and goals are discussed with relevant team members. Goals for the weekend are planned with parent/carer and patient.

We assess patients on admission, using the Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS). This scale is commonly used by mental health clinicians and doctors to rate the general functioning of children under the age of 18. These scores are stored on a database to allow for audit and analysis.

A reassessment is made monthly, and at the point of discharge to evaluate progress.

Daily routine

The daily routine will vary depending on the individual needs of each child. The general pattern is:

  • 7-9am - Washed and dressed for breakfast
  • 9am - School
  • 10.15 - 10.45am - School break (supervised by nurses)
  • 12 noon - Lunch (supervised by nurses)
  • 1pm - School
  • 3 - 3.30pm - School finishes (timing depends on primary/secondary school)
  • 3.30 - 5pm - Patients will often have appointments (for example, time with  the play specialist) and visiting time for families.
  • 5pm - Tea (supervised by nurses). families are not invited to visit while the children are eating tea, unless it is required as part of the treatment plan.
  • 6pm - Visiting time for family
  • Free time
  • Bedtime

Bedtime for each child will be agreed with parents/carers, who may participate in their child's bedtime routine, for example, bathing, reading and helping to settle their child.

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