FAQs about inpatient care

How long will I be in hospital?

Some people will be an inpatient for as little as four weeks and others will need to stay for longer. It is hard to be precise about this because it depends on the nature of your difficulties, but we will always aim to get you home as soon as we can, as we know this is where you feel most comfortable. 

Will I be able to go home on leave?

Home leave is an important part of your treatment. Not only is it a chance for you to be at home with your family but it is a chance to practise being out of hospital and back in a more normal routine. We will try to arrange for you to have some home leave if it is safe to do so.

Do I have to share a room?

Depending on where you are admitted to, you may share a bedroom with up to three others, or you may have your own single bedroom. Boys and girls do not share bedrooms or bathrooms. The Parkview Clinic is currently undergoing major redevelopment work which will mean that all children and young people will benefit from single ensuite bedrooms in the near future

Will staff listen to me and understand me?

Yes, all our staff are trained listeners and it’s their job to build relationships with you that help you feel listened to and supported. Our teams are made up of a number of different professionals but you will mostly see nurses and doctors. Our nursing team are available 24/7 for young people and families, not only to run the place where you stay but for support and listening.

Will I be followed around?

Lots of people have different impressions of what it will be like. Our staff work hard to make you as comfortable as possible and the environment as friendly as possible. You will have your own time and private space as often as possible. The nature of your treatment means that engaging with staff is important as it helps you get better and get home quicker. If you’re feeling very unsafe it may be a good idea for a member of staff to be with you all of the time to support you.

Will I be able to continue with school work and education?

Yes, you will be able to access our James Brindley School and teaching staff who have experience in helping children and young people learn while they’re experiencing difficulties. Studying time is, however, usually less than fulltime mainstream school.

Will I be normal when I get out?

This is a common question. Our goal is to help you get to a point where you can return home, go back to school and into the care of our community teams. You might still feel affected by your difficulties when you go home, but to a much lesser extent than when you arrived. We will continue to be there for you to help you get back on track.

Are boys and girls separated?

No, all the communal areas, meals and activities are mixed but there are separate bathrooms, toilets and bedrooms.

What will the other young people be like?

Young people are admitted to the place that is most suitable for their age and nature of their problems. Our staff work hard to keep everyone safe and working together well. Young people are often surprised to find that it can be a fun and sociable place to be. 

Can I use my mobile phone and is there wifi connection?

You will be asked to only use your phones at particular times in the day. Your treatment, care and safety is our top priority. The times vary depending on where you stay. We recognise that mobile phones are an important part of everyone’s life so provide a wifi signal that can be accessed with permission. 

How do I find out more?

Find out more about our inpatient locations by visiting our dedicated page about the units.