Services, units and facilities
“I was in St Andrew's Northampton, and I am now in St Andrew's Birmingham, the care you get is second to none. It is good to have consistency across both hospitals."
We provide a wide range of services, units and facilities to support our patients and service users in their recovery. These include contemporary, purpose-built units which are designed to ensure we meet good practice standards for mental healthcare. You can find out more about these and the sports and leisure facilities available on our sites in the patient handbooks you can download from this page.
Our clinical services include:
- National Brain Injury Centre
- Services for men
- Services for women
- Services for young people
You can find out more about all of our services and units in the services area.
Other services we provide across St Andrew’s include the following:
Catering and restaurants
Qualified chefs are key to each of our kitchens and they ensure that our meals are freshly made using locally sourced ingredients. All our sites have patient cafes that provide food to eat in or take away. Click here to find out more about our catering services and download our easy read guide to food and patient choice from this page.
Our Dietetics team will give you advice on what to eat with the service provided to you in one-to-one sessions and/or in groups. The team will work with you and the chefs to help you eat well and provide you with healthy balanced meals.
Our occupational therapists will work with you to enable you to do as much as you can for yourself. This can be simple things like getting dressed, having a shower, going to work, going out with friends or taking part in activity.
This team will help you with individual care plans that help you to be active, fit and healthy. They also organise group activities for special events. Exercise can be done using equipment within your living area or in our sports halls and with the agreement of your clinical team you may also be able to use local leisure centres.
Our physiotherapists know a lot about the body and about the things that get in the way of movement and/or cause pain. They try to make movement better for people if they can and will also tell you about ways of improving your general health and preventing injuries.
Our psychologists will work with you and use counselling to assess, treat and check your care in both one-to-one sessions and in groups.
A consultant psychiatrist will be the responsible clinician in overall charge of your care. Psychiatrists have been trained in understanding, assessing and treating people with mental health problems. They can prescribe medication and will check if it is working or not. Psychiatrists also work with the St Andrew's primary healthcare team to make sure your physical healthcare is good.
Your social worker helps advise on your treatment and what you need in your care plan. Your social worker has special responsibility for:
- making sure what you can do is protected
- helping you to make good choices
- offering you the chance to talk about things that worry you
- providing support to you and your family
- talking with your family and setting up visits at the right time and in the right place
- getting you to meet with people to talk about your social, cultural, spiritual and welfare rights, as well as providing access to advocacy if you need support to make your wishes known
- providing expert advice on mental health and the law
- giving you information on what’s happening in the community, both when you come to St Andrew’s and when you leave
- getting ready, with you and your nearest relative, for Mental Health Review Tribunals
- working with your responsible clinician to set up care for you when you leave
- working with professionals in your home area.
Speech and language therapy
Our speech and language therapists help anyone who has difficulty with talking and listening. The problem may be finding the right words to say, or understanding what other people are saying, or with mouth movements. They also help people who have voice problems. Special check-ups can help identify the cause of the problem so that your therapist can try to put things right. Speech therapists can also check your hearing and help with getting hearing aids if these are needed.