Connelly

Connelly has six beds and provides short-term care, treatment and rehabilitation in preparation for a return to life in an open unit or in the community.

The focus for your stay in Connelly is on recovery. Various structured activities are provided and you will take increasing responsibility for your day to day life, for example taking part in a rota to cook evening meals, and managing your own medication.

What happens when you arrive?

When you arrive, staff will show you to your room, introduce you to the other people staying here and show you around the unit. You, and anyone accompanying you, will be given all the information you need about daily routines and what to expect during your stay. You will also meet your Primary Nurse, who will be your main contact throughout your stay at Connelly.

Primary Nurse

Your Primary Nurse is involved in planning and co-ordinating your care during your stay with us. If you have any queries or concerns about any aspect of your care, your Primary Nurse is there to help. You can speak to the Ward Sister if your Primary Nurse is not around. You will also have a named Responsible Clinician in charge of your overall care and they will meet with you as soon as possible after you arrive.

We will provide the support you need to make a successful return to independent living. As well as your primary nurse, this will involve a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and pharmacists.

You will be closely involved in planning your care. You will be encouraged to attend our fortnightly team meeting to review and discuss your treatment and progress. You can also invite a friend, family member or an advocate to come with you to these meetings and speak on your behalf. More detailed meetings to plan for your future care needs will be held with you every few months. As you make further progress, we will allocate a Recovery Co-ordinator to work with you in planning for your care needs once you leave hospital.

As soon as you are admitted to Connelly, we will involve you closely in your medication plan. By the time you leave us you will be confident in managing your medication.

Meals and dietary requirements

We will check your dietary requirements with you when you arrive. Breakfast is served from 8.00am to 10.00am, lunch from 12 noon and evening meal from 6.00pm. Hot drinks are available throughout the day. All meals are served in the dining room.

As part of your recovery programme, we ask you to cook an evening meal for everyone once a week. There is support available from staff if you need help with this.

Personal items and money

You are welcome to bring some personal items with you to make your stay more comfortable and your room more homely. Some items are restricted or prohibited, and we will discuss this with you when you arrive. If you have any of these items with you, we can store them safely for you and return them when you leave.

We recommend that any valuables such as benefit books, passports and large amounts of money are stored in our cashier’s office.

Keeping in touch

You are welcome to ring family and friends using the residents’ payphone. They can also call you on 01626 884587. If your friend or relative would like to talk to a member of staff, they can call the office on 01626 884499.

Personal post can be collected from the message centre outside the office. You can also post letters via the office, as long as postage is paid. 

Visitors

Your friends and family are welcome to visit you at Connelly. We will ensure that you have some private space and are not interrupted. Visitors should report to the office when they arrive.

We do ask that visits are agreed with your care team and arranged in advance to avoid mealtimes and therapy sessions. We will need to discuss with you arrangements for under 18s to visit.

Connelly is a rehabilitation facility and you can make arrangements with the Ward Manager/Nurse in Charge if you wish to leave the ward for any reason.

Moving on

Different people need different levels of support and different services once they leave us. When you’re getting ready to move on, we’ll work with you to identify what support services you can expect once you’re discharged from Connelly. We’ll make sure that you have a care plan, know what arrangements are in place for you, and have a named Care Co-ordinator to contact.