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  • Personal choice is fundamental
  • Heard as an individual
  • Involvement in your own care and treatment
  • Lifelong empowerment
  • Opportunity to plan your own care
  • Strengths are celebrated
  • Ownership of your rights and opinions
  • Promotes social inclusion
  • Hope that recovery is possible
  • Your carers are involved

What we do:

Huntlyburn Ward is an acute adult in-patient unit with 19 beds for people aged 18-69 with mental health problems. At times we may care for people outwith this range if required to deliver person-centred care. Huntlyburn offers specialist care to patients during an acute phase of their illness. Patient’s length of stay varies but most people are likely to be with us for about 2 to 3 weeks. We endeavour to deliver recovery-focused, person-centred and strength-based care. We work with a range of health professionals in a multi disciplinary approach.

Staff List:

Senior Charge Nurse
Charge Nurse
Staff Nurses
Support Workers
Ward secretary
Occupational therapist
Occupational therapy support worker
Physiotherapist support worker
Domestic staff
Junior Doctors
Consultant psychiatrists

Facilities on the ward:

Nineteen bedrooms - all are single occupancy with en-suite toilet and shower. Sitting/dining room with television and tea, coffee and breakfast making facilities Self-catering kitchen with laundry facilities. Family room with pool table, tropical fish tank, self help library and television.
Activity room with access to art and craft materials and a range of games.
A rear courtyard, which is the designated smoking area for patients. Smoking is not permitted anywhere else on the ward. Visitors are not permitted to smoke on NHS premises, including the grounds of the main hospital.
Multi-purpose/aromatherapy room and qualified aromatherapist to prescribe blends and offer a range of therapies.
Gymnasium with supervised access via the ward physiotherapist.
Allotment area facilitating our ‘Space to Grow’ gardening project.

  What we offer:

  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Safety care planning
  • Care evaluation
  • Recovery focused care planning
  • Assertiveness training
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety management
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Mindfulness
  • Self soothe
  • Goal planning
  • Low self esteem work
  • Coping with/challenging automatic negative thinking
  • Relaxation

Social groups/activities include

  • Gardening
  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Arts and crafts
  • Quiz
  • Pamper sessions
  • Shopping
  • Sport/gym
    We will endeavour to add anything to cater for the individual needs of the in-patient community.

Access to service:

Referrals predominately come from the Community Mental Health Teams via the Borders Crisis Service. A General Practitioner will normally refer to either of these teams who will work with patients to support them in the community or determine if an in patient admission would be of benefit. We do not accept self referrals and would ask that no direct contact is made to the ward for assistance but to use your General Practitioner as the first point of contact.
We value the feedback from patients and carers and work hard to co-produce a service that meets the mental health needs of the Scottish Borders.