Patient therapies and education
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Wathwood Hospital offers excellent facilities for both patients and staff. These include a gym, swimming pool, staff canteen, horticulture and Wathwood Farm Shop, Courtyard Café, patient library and staff library, and free car parking on site.
Occupational and vocational opportunities
At Wathwood Hospital we offer our patients a variety of opportunities including Section 17 Restaurant, Woody’s shop, arts and crafts and practical skills.
The Education Team at Wathwood Hospital works with the wider Occupational Therapy (OT) Department to offer educational activities in a therapeutic and meaningful manner. Education at Wathwood comprises a large variety of subjects, including functional skills English and Maths, IT skills and ESOL. The team is also able to offer tailored educational programmes encompassing other subjects, including science and life skills. These are accessed via a pathway simplified below:
Our patient library has over 6000 resources available including books, DVD, music CDs, audio books and PlayStation games. Patients can request resources that are not currently available.
Physical and mental health information is also available to patients’ loved ones and carers.
We have a staff library available 24 hours a day to all staff and students.
Sports and fitness facilities
Wathwood Hospital offers a multi gym with weight training and aerobic equipment that can be utilised by both patients and staff members. There is an on-site sports hall which offers activities such as basketball, football, softball tennis and badminton. There is an on-site swimming pool. All the sports and fitness facilities can be used by patients and staff members. Staff members can take advantage of the sports and fitness facilities during the daily staff hour (12pm – 1pm) and on Monday evenings (5pm – 6pm). The sports team are available most days of the week including evenings on Mondays and Sundays. Yoga sessions are held every Tuesday by a Yoga Instructor for both patients and staff. Staff can attend the staff yoga session on Tuesdays at 12pm (midday).
Woody’s Shop is open most days of the week. Woody’s shop has a variety of self-catering food items and healthy snacks. It also sells clothes, gifts and cards.
Horticulture at Wathwood Hospital offers a therapeutic outdoor space for patients who have approved leave and to staff visiting this area on dinner breaks. Horticulture can offer rehabilitation to many patients for different reasons. Below are some of the opportunities for our patients at the horticulture area.
Opportunities for patients include:
- Animal welfare
- Greenhouse management
- In-house training
- Greenland maintenance
- Vocational work in café
There are a wide range of different animals at horticulture which include pigs, goats, alpacas and donkeys. There is also a lot of wildlife to be seen whilst at horticulture including squirrels, pheasants, ducks, rabbits and a variety of different birds. Our animals offer a therapeutic and rehabilitative source for patients receiving treatment at Wathwood Hospital.
We can provide customers with a wide range of flowers including hanging baskets subject to availability of stock. If you wish to order a hanging basket, please contact us on 01709 870800 and ask for our Horticulture Team who will be able to provide you with more details on flowers available and a price for your flowers.
Social activities and engagement
The Central Activities area gives patients the opportunity to interact with others from different ward areas. There is a full-size snooker table, pool table, table tennis, and games consoles. The hospital also provides themed events such as movie nights, Caribbean nights, hog roasts and BBQs. Central Activities is available Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Hotel Services provide catering, domestic and linen services over a seven-day period.
The team welcomes feedback and suggestions and ensures:
- Meals are healthy, of good quality and nutritious. Fresh produce is used wherever possible.
- Fresh fruit is provided daily.
- Vegetarian and ethnic food is available to meet everyone’s needs.
Spiritual and cultural needs
Wathwood recognises the spiritual and cultural needs of patients. There is a chaplaincy and Imam who visit weekly. We have access to the Trust’s spiritual service who can provide support from other religions when required.
We have our own patient finance at Wathwood Hospital. We usually prefer any money to be paid into the patient bank. Some patients prefer to continue to use their own bank accounts but may need help accessing their money. There are limits to how much cash we allow patients to keep on them.
When patients are admitted to Wathwood Hospital their valuables such as bank cards, keys and passports can be stored with the finance department.
The Finance Team will assist patients to claim benefits if they are entitled to them.