Help in a crisis and visiting information during the COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.
Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.
If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.
Silver Birch Ward
Silver Birch is a 20 bedded assessment ward. It is available for people aged 65+ with a diagnosis of dementia or challenging behaviour.
The service is also available to anyone over 18 with a mental health condition due to a medical or physical disease (rather than a psychiatric illness).
Accessing our services
Access to the ward is via referral from the community mental health teams.
For more information please see our leaflets:
1pm – 4pm and 6pm – 7:30pm daily.
Information for health professionals
How to refer someone to this service
Referral has to be agreed by a consultant within the Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP).
Dr Nisha Mokashi, Consultant Psychiatrist