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Therapy sees reduction in medication

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A specialist hospital which focuses on evidence-based treatment focus has reported a reduction in its use of anti-psychotic medication for 40 per cent of its new patients over the past 12 months.

St Peter’s Hospital in Newport, which is owned and run by specialist healthcare provider Ludlow Street Healthcare, offers assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for men and women with complex neuropsychiatric conditions, including dementia, Huntington’s Disease and Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).

The hospital, which offers 51 beds across single-gender units, is committed to reducing patients’ reliance on drugs by introducing them to a wide range of non-pharmacological therapies.

St Peter’s uses an onsite multi-disciplinary team including psychologists, psychiatrists and an extensive group of therapists including dietetics, physiotherapy and speech and language specialists. Its treatments include life stories work and reminiscence therapy, music therapy and pet therapy.

Dr Kumi Pillay, consultant psychiatrist at St Peter’s, says: “Our objective is to tailor a bespoke treatment plan which aims to reduce distress, promote independence and reduces the risks patients pose to themselves and others, while simultaneously lessening the need for medication which could bring with it further complications.

“Many of our patients have physical co-morbidities (such as diabetes, hypertension) and as a consequence, the medication that is used to manage behaviours that challenge, could pose a risk to physical health if not prescribed cautiously and under expert supervision.

“We aim to tailor our non-pharmacological therapies in accordance with an individual’s needs. We don’t try and fit the patient to the therapies on offer, it’s the other way round. There are plenty of interventions out there but if they’re not meaningful to the person, they won’t have the impact we desire.

“Non-pharmacological interventions count for much of our success with patients. Reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs can have a myriad of benefits including reducing risk of falls, improving people’s general well-being, improvement in appetite, and better mobility.

“We are constantly reviewing our approach and assessing what does work and what doesn’t. We are always ready to change things, adhering to the necessary evidence base as we go.”

Sarah House, operations director, adds: “Our journey with a patient starts before the patient even arrives. At the point of referral, we will do a complete pre-admission assessment where we speak to the family, the current care provider and the patient themselves to get a full picture of who the person was before their illness.

“Building up this picture of the person is so important because when we are presented with a patient, we can see the symptoms which are causing the challenge, but we need to know what life was like before and what they valued to be able to design treatments that will work for the individual.

“Our team works extremely hard to cut down patients’ medication requirements and to see such a marked reduction within such a short period is testament to the success of their approach.”

St Peter’s recently underwent a significant programme of investment which involved the creation of an additional 12 ensuite rooms, a new family room and modern communal area to ensure the hospital’s patient offering remains second-to-none.

St Peter’s Hospital is owned and run by healthcare specialists, Ludlow Street Healthcare. Established in 2005, the specialist provider has supported and cared for over 800 people.

Inpatient rehab

New £4.9m complex needs home opened by Exemplar Health Care

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A new £4.9million state-of-the-art specialist care home has been opened in Birmingham by Exemplar Health Care. 

Blackmoor is the third care home in Birmingham opened by Exemplar Health Care,a provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with complex needs.

The home will support up to 30 adults and specialise in supporting people living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, spinal injuries and complex dementia. 

Exemplar Health Care supports some of the most complex and acute individuals, who would often be in a hospital setting if not placed with them, enabling them to stay in the community and reducing hospital and secure facility admission. 

Specialist nursing care for adults living with neuro-disabilities

Blackmoor has the facilities to provide specialist nursing care for people living with a neuro-disability or neurodegenerative disorder. 

The home has 30 large bedrooms, each with an en-suite, across three ten-bed units – all three units have the provision for bariatric care. This small group living provides a homely and supportive environment, which is more responsive to people’s needs – including the Bournville Unit which is a female-only environment.

The home includes the Tolkien Unit, our male-only unit which supports up to ten adults living with complex health needs and mixed diagnoses, including neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities and those who have tracheostomies, ventilators and PEG feeding. 

Being on the ground floor and with garden access rooms, it’s ideal for those living with a neuro-disability. 

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The service also benefits from communal dining and living spaces as well as a cafe, therapy room, sensory room, salon and a large accessible garden.

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Blackmoor provides a supportive environment where people can receive the specialist nursing care that they need and remain closer to their loved ones. 

The home hosts a restaurant-style dining menu which is developed with service users at quarterly Food Forums. This ensures that menus are varied, interesting and available to everyone, taking into account personal preferences, condition-specific and religious dietary requirements. 

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“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support 30 local people with complex health needs” 

Kerry Hill, the Commissioning Home Director of Blackmoor, shares: “We are extremely happy to be able to open the fifth Exemplar Care Home in the West Midlands. We have designed and built Blackmoor to provide person-centered nursing care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

“We are also delighted to be able to support 30 adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs while also generating over 100 jobs to the surrounding area of Birmingham.”