Doctors trained to think about young peoples’ emotional problems meet regularly with young people and their family and carers during the assessment. They also speak to all the young people admitted to Simmons House, usually weekly but this can be more or less often depending on what an adolescent’s needs are.
Your consultant psychiatrist is responsible for your overall care. He or she works as part of the team who all make decisions together. That way we believe that young people get the best possible chance to understand their difficulties and get help.
Some young people are given medication. This will always be discussed and agreed with the young person and their family/carers before it is prescribed unless there is an emergency or urgent situation that doesn’t allow time for this.
We will usually prescribe some things like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen – that can be brought over-the-counter – without discussion with families, for colds or coughs if the young person needs them.
Some young people will see a psychologist to help them think about looking at feelings and thoughts that are causing them problems.
Psychologists also perform tests to help see if young people have particular problems that might need help, like problems with maths or reading.
Nursing Staff look after the unit 24 hours a day on a rota basis. Each young person has two nurse key-workers who keep in touch with them during their stay, helping with day-to-day difficulties as well as more long term aims.