Tony Hillis Unit at Lambeth Hospital cares for men who have treatment-resistant psychosis, while Croydon Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital cares for men with severe mental health problems. All inpatient wards changed their ways of working to respond to the challenges of the pandemic, managing the considerable pressures that Covid-19 placed on both patients and staff.
"It’s been very difficult. The majority of our patients and staff are of a BAME background and they were more at risk from Covid-19. Things changed suddenly and visitors were not allowed on the ward. We were able to ensure that our patients could stay connected virtually with their loved ones and this aided their recovery. For some patients, their relatives were overseas and were able to join a virtual ward round. " Dr K Valsraj, Consultant Psychiatrist
"Our ward was the first at the Trust to have a patient diagnosed with Covid-19. We lost our longest residential patient to Covid-19. Another patient almost died and was holding my hand saying “I don’t want to die”. It was horrible but thankfully he recovered and returned to Tony Hillis Unit after hospital treatment." Rebekah King, Ward Manager, Tony Hillis Unit