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MHOA In-Patient Services

Chelsham House, based at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham accommodates a 25 bed acute admission and assessment in-patient ward providing assessment and treatment for people aged over 65 with acute mental illness or under 65 for people who have dementia. The full contact details are as follows:

The ward was opened in February 1998 as a purpose built and modern environment for older people with acute mental health needs. It seeks to provide a therapeutic and multi-disciplinary approach to responding to individual needs supported by a range of recreational activities and complementary therapies. The ward adopts a person centred approach that encourages active client and carer involvement in planning their programmes of care.

Chelsham House, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX
Area serviced:
Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark
020 3228 4373
020 3228 4340

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