West of Scotland Adolescent In Patient Services
Specialist Children's Services
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde provides a wide range of services to support young people with mental health problems.
Community Mental Health Teams
Skye House In Patient Services
Skye House provides inpatient treatment for young people with conditions like severe depression, eating disorders, psychosis and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
In addition to all the bedrooms at Skye House being en-suite, it also has a purpose-built gym, fully equipped classrooms, landscaped gardens and overnight accommodation for visiting families.
Skye House has been specially designed and purpose-built to meet young people’s needs and will lead to substantial improvements in their care and treatment. The planning of the new unit also benefited from the fact that the young people themselves contributed significantly to the planning process.
While young people are in Skye House, they will go to school, therapy groups, family sessions and individual sessions. Young people will also have time to do things that they want to do.
Every week, young people will get a timetable for the next week. Although each young person’s timetable is different, there are some routines/groups which all young people should follow.
Young people have their own en-suite bedrooms, which provide important privacy and dignity for young patients. Young people have given positive feedback with regards to having their own en-suite bedrooms, the general décor and facilities available in Skye House.
There is a TV room in each house where young people can watch TV and chat with other young people. This room also provides a space to engage in board games, quizzes etc. as well as the opportunity to interact with ward staff. There is also a separate bathroom in each house for use by young people who prefer baths as opposed to showers.
Each house has access to a garden area where young people can have some quiet time or indeed participate in outdoor games.
There is a therapeutic kitchen in the Therapies Block, where young people can learn cooking skills using both gas and electric hobs and work beside the Occupational Therapists and other members of the multi disciplinary team. This encourages young people to have a healthy diet by making healthy meals. The kitchen provides the ideal environment for young people to develop a range of independent living skills that are indeed an essential requirement to develop and manage the transition from adolescent to adult.
Within the kitchen environment young people are also enabled to develop social and communication skills as this resource is very much used within a group context.
If the young person is a school pupil or of school age they will attend the Stobhill School, which is located within the grounds of Skye House
The school day begins at 9.20 am, there is a morning break followed by lunch at 12.00 o’clock and the school day finishes at 3 o’clock.
Many school subjects are available in Stobhill School and young people can do lots of classes. They can speak to the teachers about the different classes they would like to do.
If the young person has left school and are intending to go to college, the pastoral care teacher will help advise them in their future plans. Young people can talk to the teachers about leaving school and going to college. Young people can still go to Stobhill School in these circumstances.
The classes in the Stobhill School are small, where young people will find it easy to engage with teachers. Young people have given positive feedback on the classrooms being suitable and well-equipped.
The unit has a separate games room that provides the opportunity to play computer games and use other electronic media.
There is a dedicated music room that has inspired the young people to enhance their creativity by engaging in music lessons with members of the nursing team. There has also been an outside agency working within the unit who have enabled them to sing as a group producing their own CD.
The construction of Skye House gym has been a remarkable innovation for the young people. They now have the opportunity to participate in regular exercise and sporting activities that were previously only available through much organisation with local sports centres. Young people are now going to the gym daily. This has been an asset in tackling some difficulties such as weight management, physical stamina, strength and motivation, as well as improving general wellbeing and promoting teamwork.
The art room is set within the school block along with the gym. This room is essentially an educational art classroom but also functions as a therapeutic space for art and creative activities. Within this setting young people have the opportunity to explore feelings and emotions, that are often expressed through their work.