The Lookout

Two teenage boys walking outside The Lookout The Lookout Adolescent Unit is a 32 bed inpatient facility for children and young people aged 12 - 18 years old.

The young people we care for are experiencing mental health difficulties that can no longer be managed in the community.

This may include eating disorders or difficulties, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

 


The unit has three wards:

  • Pegasus Ward, a 12 bed specialist eating disorder service
  • Phoenix Ward, a 12 bed general adolescent unit
  • Hercules Ward, an 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for children and young people needing more intense support.

 

Our facilities

All three wards have single bedrooms, which are all ensuite. On each ward there is a lounge, separate dining area, a quiet room and a kitchen. The wards all have a private garden and access to green space on the Hopewood grounds where appropriate.

 

Our staff 

Each ward has a highly skilled team made up of a range of professionals. These include a consultant psychiatrist, registered nursing staff, healthcare support workers, occupational therapists, family therapist, psychologists, dietician, arts psychotherapists and an activity coordinator.
 

Thank you for the support you’ve given me, with my general worries and concerns. You’ve reassured me that it will all be fine.

 

What we offer

We work together to help young people and their families to feel empowered, take back control and promote recovery.

Young people will be offered psychology sessions, occupational therapy sessions, one-to-one meetings with keyworkers, group sessions and therapeutic activities. Meal time support is offered where needed. Family therapy is also offered to the young person and their family.

Young people will be able to continue their education at The Lookout Education Centre, which is provided by Nottingham City Council.

 

A girl sitting at the desk in her bedroom at The Lookout, surrounded by her things The patient journey

Phoenix Ward and Hercules Ward can admit young people on a planned or emergency basis.

Pegasus Ward will offer planned admissions with the involvement of the young person, their families and their care coordinator.

On admission, a care plan will be developed between the team and the young person, which will be regularly reviewed. The length of admission will depend on the state of the young person’s mental and physical health.

Young people on Phoenix Ward and Pegasus Ward will be able to have both escorted and unescorted leave when they are well enough to do so. Our ultimate aim is to ensure a safe and supported discharge back into the community with the appropriate support in place.

Young people approaching 17 and 6 months will be supported with the transition to adult mental health services if this is appropriate.

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