Saffron Ward has 20 beds to provide a rehabilitative environment which maximises individuals’ mental health and wellbeing in a comfortable and welcoming environment. This is supported by skilled and competent staff in sufficient numbers to comply with the Francis recommendations.
The prime admission route for step down referrals is from the wards at Stepping Hill. Appropriate patients are indentified by liaison services working in the hospital.
Transfer to Saffron is agreed through the hospital discharge co-ordinator, via liaison services. Patient has completed acute medical care for physical illness and is determined to be medically fit by their ward RMO.
Average length of stay is currently 5 weeks. Saffron differs from other intermediate care wards as others wards don’t accept patients suffering from dementia, depression or delirium. The Saffron Ward cohort is complex, targeting patients with co-morbid physical and mental health complexities. Therefore, some patient’s will stay longer than 5 weeks,
Discharge is achieved through the involvement of a mental health social work team working at The Meadows. The team consists of 2 social workers an assistant practitioner and an OT
The team has relevant mental health experience that allows it to co-ordinate a safe and effective discharge that avoids re-admission. Discharge where possible would be to the patient’s home however where this cannot be achieved even with appropriate packages of care, then discharge would be to appropriate residential or nursing home settings.
The overall of the safe discharge would be to ensure that the patient was not going to re-present at the general hospital and have a further acute inpatient admission. Patients will have follow-up on discharge in order to ensure that the care plan agreed, at the point of discharge, has been adhered to. Discharge follow-up will be either through the wider liaison team or through members of the discharge co-ordination team.
Once follow-up has happened, the patient will be discharged either to the area integrated team or GP.
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