Walton HD is a 14-bed unit providing a high quality specialist admission service for men with Huntington’s disease (HD), including those detained under the Mental Health Act, who are demonstrating challenging physical and verbal behaviour.
As part of our HD pathway Walton offers assessment, treatment and care within a locked environment and has been adapted to meet the unique needs of people with HD. It is fully accessible and suitable for those patients requiring wheelchair access, and has specialist equipment including walking aids, hoists, specialist seating and bathing options.
Read our guide on decoding the symptoms of HD:
“It is, however, the disease and not the person who is at fault.”
Julie S Snowden, Understanding challenging behaviour in Huntington’s disease, 2002
Huntington’s disease (HD) symptoms can vary widely between individuals and sometimes present in ways which are not immediately clear to the healthcare professional. Whether you are a family member or carer of someone with HD you will recognise the many symptoms highlighted in this booklet. However for most healthcare professionals this will be the first time you will have come across HD so we hope this provides some clues to help you to understand the symptoms and improve care of those living with the disease.
In association with the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA), England
Individualised treatment and assessment
Our staff are experienced at supporting patients with HD and their goal is to facilitate and maximise function and quality of life, whilst ensuring the best possible support for individual autonomy. Each patient is provided with a tailored treatment programme that is designed in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) and in line with our treatment aims, to maximise functional independence and good physical and mental health in order to promote the best quality of life possible.
A variety of activities are available, with easy access to the local town centre on foot, or within a short drive by St Andrew's transport. In addition to activities based within Walton, we also provide the following on-site services within our landscaped parkland setting:
- therapeutic outings
- garden centre and cafés
- extensive grounds
- Swimming pool and jacuzzi
- sports facilities
- activity centre
- vocational rehabilitation centre
- patient recreation centre.
Specialist outcome tools and research
Our outcome tools including the SASBA and OAS-MNR have been created through an active research programme within St Andrew’s. Our practices are regularly audited against professional and industry standards and our team have a close working relationship with the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA). Read more here...
Our internationally recognised specialist MDT
Our MDT is expert in the assessment, treatment and management of HD and is permanently based on-site to meet the daily needs of patients. In addition to a full nursing team the clinical team consist of:
- Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
- Senior Specialty Doctor
- Social Worker
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Therapist
The team also has access to allied professionals such as a Dentist, Physical Healthcare Nurse, Self-care Therapist, Chaplaincy and on-site GP clinics.
Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers and community teams to support transition to the least restrictive environment.