BIMHN Make Visits to Local Mental Health Wards

In 2017, IMHN’s Bristol branch, the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN), made visits to mental health wards to review the quality of care that patients are receiving. The team who made the visits spoke to patients and staff, and looked at a number of areas, including: availability of information in understandable formats, access to advocacy, the general environment, ligature risks, and how the needs of patients are responded to.

BIMHN visited Silver Birch ward, the adult acute inpatient ward at Callington Road Hospital in Bristol; as well as Aspen, Lime and Elizabeth Casson wards. The frequency of visits had been stepped up in the wake of the closure of Laurel Ward earlier in 2017 following an incident where a patient was locked in their room.  The team also visited Hazel Ward at Callington Road, the male adult Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and highlighted areas of best practice and concerns, as well as providing a number of recommendations to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

September 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm