To achieve changes faster or to receive more intensive treatment you may benefit from inpatient or day patient treatment. If that’s the case I’ll oversee your treatment from The Priory Hospital, Roehampton, London where I have a practice.
The length of your stay can vary from a few days to a few weeks. Often people arrive thinking they’ll benefit from a fairly brief stay but ending up wanting to stay longer once they get into the swing of it.
Watch this short BBC feature which includes me outlining the types of conditions we see and what is involved in hospital treatment at the Priory Hospital
The Priory Hospital Roehampton is an independent hospital in south west London specialising in the management and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems.
The Priory has been a hospital since 1867 and has established an excellent reputation for providing the highest standards of care. For people suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety, the hospital provides a range of outpatient based therapy services such as individual and group based therapy including CBT. If inpatient care is needed for more severe psychiatric illness such as depression, psychotic illness or eating disorders, there are residential facilities for 100 patients.
The Priory has a highly experienced team of mental health professionals and support staff, which include consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and therapists.
As an inpatient you would expect round the clock nursing care, good food, sleep, a wide range of therapy groups and an intensive treatment programme 6 days a week. The weekend is relatively free and is an opportunity for friends and family to visit or perhaps enjoy a home visit if it’s appropriate.
There is also plenty of physical activity too with an in-house gym and gym instructor, access to swimming at the Bank of England pool next door, and Richmond Park just a few minutes away. During your stay I’ll meet with you twice a week, and meet separately with the ward and therapy team to ensure your progress remains on track. In-house doctors are also available 24 hours a day.
The benefit of mixing with other people who are going through something similar is really helpful in reducing stigma and isolation. You’ll also feel more hopeful and optimistic about the future when you meet other people who are further along the path to recovery.
“When I arrived at the hospital I felt completely lost, isolated, unable to sleep and lacking in confidence about my ability to face the future. The simplest task seemed daunting to me. I was unable to relax and seldom felt happy. In my home I felt on edge and not coping with the challenge my youngest son presented in a constructive way. My marriage was dissolving and I absolutely could not see a way that things could possibly be turned around for me. I was emotional, tearful and felt so lost.
The first therapy that was of benefit was the cognitive behaviour therapy. I now understand how I can control my thoughts and what thinking errors are. I am aware now of not letting my thoughts dwell in the past or stray into the future. I am learning to embrace the moment and observe my thoughts and reactions in situations in my daily life.
The stress management therapy was so, so helpful. In my daily life I deep breathe regularly and no longer torment myself with mental to-do lists. Things are happening far more effortlessly armed as I am with the knowledge from the groups. I was advised to incorporate yoga into my life, which I have done and this has been of immense benefit.
I attended self-esteem classes, not that I thought I needed them, but actually I did! These I have found to be of massive help, providing me with the tools to say things in a clear, constructive way.
In particular, my relationship with my youngest son has changed for the better. I am far calmer, less controlling and accepting of how things are.
I attended drama therapy too and this has proved very beneficial...though at the time I did not grasp just how I would look back on this and value it! Somehow this therapy gave me an opportunity to stand back, put the negative, sad thoughts down, step back, leave them and so then move on.
Eight months on from leaving hospital I have returned to work and feel empowered in a way I could not have envisaged. The treatments provided me with a self-awareness and understanding of my thoughts. I am ever more self-confident, happy and embracing life, rather than being frightened of the future.
My overriding thought is that but for the treatment I received at The Priory I would not have managed to move on as I have. What I learnt there was, melodramatic as it may sound, truly life changing.”
At the end of your stay
At the end of your inpatient treatment, or sometimes as an alternative to it, we can organise an intensive programme of therapy to continue on a day patient basis. So you’ll stay overnight at home but continue to receive treatment during the day at The Priory. This programme of treatment is tailored and flexible so may range from 1 to 6 days a week and will gradually be reduced, especially if combined with a phased return to normal life e.g. work.
Charges for this can also be reimbursed by your insurance company but they’ll need to be authorised in advance. Or you could choose to self-fund your treatment, in which case you’ll need to speak to the admissions department of the hospital who can give you details of costs.
The environment created for people staying at The Priory is as important as the treatment, itself. So if you stay as an inpatient you’ll have a private and comfortable bedroom with a television and telephone, and an en-suite bathroom.
You’ll also be encouraged to have your meals in the main dining room, which offers an excellent choice of dishes and where special dietary requirements can be catered for.
You will also have access to a fully equipped in-house gym and classes, as well as access to local leisure facilities.
The entire hospital site is a drug and alcohol free zone, and smoking is restricted to designated areas.
Visits from family and friends are encouraged as long as it complements your therapeutic programme and doesn’t cause any unnecessary stress. All visitors must sign in and out at reception and report to the nurses’ station, and must leave the building no later than 10.00pm.
Safety and regulatory compliance
The Priory Group runs a clinical risk management process for patients at risk of suicide or self-harm that has been praised by NHS commissioners and copied by some NHS trusts. The hospital meets all the regulatory standards set by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which oversees health quality regulation in the UK and is subject to the same regulatory processes as NHS hospitals.