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Beach Ward, Julian Hospital, Norfolk

 What help do you offer?

Beach Ward is an acute admission ward for up to 13 men with confusion and/or  dementia. We offer admission for acute care needs, assessment and treatment planning.

What conditions do you treat?

Dementia with Lewy bodies
Alzheimer's disease
Vascular dementia
Frontal lobe dementia
Dementia-related illness
Underlying physical health conditions which could be leading to or contributing to confusion.

What age range does this service treat?

Older people generally but no fixed age range.

What geographical area does this service cover?

Norfolk and Waveney and occasionally Suffolk.

 What support do you offer carers, family and friends?

Our staff liaise with carers and allocate time for discussion when possible. There is information available on the ward for service users and carers. Please speak with ward staff, if you would like an appointment with medical staff.

Hammerton Court Café, supported by Alzheimer's Society, offers support and advice to carers, and people who are living with a dementia.

The café is held on the third Wednesday of the month, 11am to 1pm.The café is based in the reception area of Hammerton Court, Julian Hospital.

Carers assessment available by Norfolk county council.

 Referral to the service

What are the referral criteria

An acute presentation of an organic illness and this presenting risk cannot be managed in the community (We always support providing care in the least restrictive environment and support home first as the primary option but this is not always possible).

How can people get referred to this service? 

GP referral via East and West DIST or Central Intensive Older People's Service (IOPS).

MHA assessment referral via the mental health social services if admission is necessary but not agreed to.

What to expect when referred

You can expect to be asked what is helpful now.

You can expect to be admitted to Beach Ward at a time of acute need where you receive assessment, care planning and treatment planning and only when treatment at home is not an option any more.

 Contacting the service

Name of Matron: 

Melanie Beales

Service administrative address:

Beach Ward
Hammerton Court
Julian Hospital
Bowthorpe Road
Norwich NR2 3TD

Office hours (days and times): 24-hour service

We have a protected mealtime system in place, from 12:00 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 18:30. If you wish to visit within these hours, please speak to our staff.

Telephone number (general): 01603 978320

If there is an emergency and people are in immediate danger, call 999 for an ambulance.

If you are not a service user but require urgent support, contact your GP or call:

Samaritans: 116 123

NHS 111 (NHS support for non-life threatening situations): 111

For more information, see Help in a Crisis.

 Contacting the ward

Ward name: Beach Ward

Ward address:
Hammerton Court
Julian Hospital
Bowthorpe Road
Norwich NR2 3TD

Ward telephone number: 01603 978320

Ward access information: Car park on site with permit parking, 9-5. Permits can be obtained from Hammerton court reception. 

Onsite facilities

Car parking availble on site with a valid permit. Free permits can be obtained from Hammerton court reception.

We have full disabled access and toilet facilities with staff available to support entry to the ward at all times.

Refreshments are available on site  between 10:00 and 15:00 from Monday to Friday in the Hammerton court café. A vending machine available for cold drink and snacks out of hours.