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St Peter's Hospital
Newport 33

Who We Are

St Peter's Hospital is a specialised centre for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with a wide range of complex neurodegenerative and organic disorders.

Located on the outskirts of Newport, St Peter's Hospital offers 33 beds split into single gender units and provides specialist treatment and nursing care that focuses on delivering positive outcomes for our patients, their families and our commissioners.

Our Patient Profile

Part of the established Ludlow Street Healthcare group, St Peter's Hospital opened in 2013 to provide care for the most challenging of individuals within four core patient groups:

  • Dementia
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Korsakoff's Syndrome
  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

We offer treatment to informal patients, individuals detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as those undergoing treatment under the Mental Capacity Act.

Our hospital also meets the needs of patients subject to Ministry of Justice restriction orders.

Our Model Of Care

Using a person-centred model of care, our highly specialised multidisciplinary team focuses on reducing behaviours that challenge whilst optimising quality of life through three clearly defined care pathways.

The team at St Peter's Hospital has developed each care pathway to deliver the highest standards of treatment to individuals presenting with cognitive problems, challenging behaviour and both physical and psychiatric comorbidities.

Our Care Pathways

At St Peter's Hospital we reflect the Ludlow Street Healthcare belief that everyone entrusted to our care deserves to be treated with dignity, compassion and honesty.  We work in close collaboration with our patients, their relatives and commissioners to achieve the best possible outcomes for all involved.

St Peter's Care Pathways

1  Assessment and Treatment Pathway (0-16 Weeks)

Our Assessment and Treatment Pathway provides individuals presenting in crisis with rapid access to a safe, dementia friendly environment where they will receive a comprehensive assessment by our specialist multidisciplinary team.

This pathway focuses on reducing psychological and emotional distress, treating mental and/or phsyical illness and formulating a person-centred care and treatment plan over a 12-week period.  Our findings and recommendations are then clearly presented at a care programme approach meeting at week 12, allowing for a planned and coordinated transition to conditions of less restriction (wherever possible) over the following 4 weeks.

If enough progress has been made to allow for community discharge, we will provide a comprehensive person-centred care plan to inform future placements of appropriate behavioural management strategies coupled with pharmacological therapies to help maintain the positive results achieved during the patient's stay with us.  We will also work collaboratively with the community placement to deliver a smooth transition.

If further care and treatment at St Peter's Hospital is needed, we offer our Recovery and Wellbeing Pathway.

2  Recovery and Wellbeing Pathway

For those with brain injury and progressive neurological disorders, behaviours that challenge can require a longer period of specialist care and treatment in a hospital setting.

Our Recovery and Wellbeing Pathway focuses on formulating and evolving an individualised care plan that provides these patients with enhanced support and responds to risks, whilst maximising their quality of life.  People with progressive neurological conditions can often present with complex psychiatric and physical comorbidities; this pathway provides a framework to assess and treat mental illness, enhance functional ability, and promote independence through engagement in a variety of evidence based therapies.

Patients on our Recovery and Wellbeing Pathway are offered a wide range of unit and community based activities that improve their overall wellbeing - establishing their therapeutic alliance and, wherever possible, reducing the use of pharmalogical treatments.  They also have daily access to specialist communication and swallow assessments, provision of specialist feeds (including PEG), physiotherapy, specialist GP and dental services, occupational therapy and dietetics.

We recognise that each individual is deserving of a bespoke package of care.  At St Peter's Hospital, we always seek to find innovative, evidence based means of providing our patients with a schedule of activity that they will find therapeutic and engaging.

3  Specialist Palliative Care Pathway

The behaviour of a small number of our patients can remain challenging as they enter the terminal stages of their illness.

We, in partnership with St David's Hospice, have developed a Specialist Palliative Care Pathway that provides for those who are unable to transition to a nursing home or hospice setting.  We also work closely with these patients' families to support them and their loved ones during this time.

Our Expert Team

Operating within a bespoke dementia friendly environment, our highly skilled multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to meet the mental and physical health needs of each of our patients, at every stage of their illness.

Working with respect and integrity, our team delivers high quality assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

St Peter's Hospital multidisciplinary team:

  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Registered General Nurses, Registered Mental Health Nurses & Registered Learning Disability Nurses
  • Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Dietician and Social Worker

The team receives specialist training and support from both St David's Hospice and the Huntington's Disease Association, with St Peter's Hospital being an accredited training centre.

We offer both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions that focus on addressing behaviours that challenge.  Working in partnership with our commissioners, we aim for positive clinical outcomes and a progression in a patient's care pathway toward less restriction and greater independence.

We are committed to reducing the use of antipsychotic medication, wherever possible, and use evidence based non-pharmalogical interventions - that include reminiscence therapy, pet therapy, music therapy, sensory therapies, and relaxation and exercise therapies - to treat patients in our care.

Our patients are also offered onsite clinics from a:

General Practitioner, Chiroposdit, Dentist, Optician, and Independent Mental Health and Capacity Advocates.

Our Innovative And Proactive Environment

The innovative and considered design of St Peter's Hospital incorporates many dementia friendly features, as recommended by The Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Sterling - and is regularly audited to ensure it meets the needs of our complex group of patients.

Specifically designed to reduce stress and to help those who have difficulty with near learning and memory impairment, our hospital has a dedicated therapy and activities wing.  Here, our patients can access a:

  • Gymnasium
  • Hair Salon & Nail Bar
  • Occupational Therapy Kitchen
  • Sensory & Relaxation Room
  • Reminiscence Room
  • An IT Suite, and
  • Landscaped gardens

Our semi-rural location - and fleet of specialist adapted vehicles - also allows our patients to engage in a range of community-based therapeutics and leisure activities.

We actively encourage the involvement of family through on-site visits, home visits (where appropriate), and also support our patients to engage with their families in community settings, such as local cafes and garden centres.

Every member of our friendly and approachable onsite team understands the challenges faced by our patients' families and frequently provided opportunities for them to come together and share their feelings.


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Case Study
St Peter’s Hospital - Paul's Journey

Paul, a 53 year old gentleman referred from NHS PICU under Section 2, due to extreme challenging behaviour, including assault.

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