Discharge planning is integral to the programme at Newmarket House. Throughout their admission there is a continuous assessment, in collaboration with the referring team, of the eventual needs of the individual. During each stage of treatment patients are encouraged to develop and put into practice the life skills necessary to maintain their recovery after they are discharged from treatment. They learn to handle food and to prepare simple meals for themselves. We encourage exposure to normal social experiences such as occasional meals out, catching a bus into the city, shopping, cinema and theatre trips and, of course, home visits. This offers the opportunity to evaluate, with the team, how well they are able to manage such situations and to address any anxieties that may have arisen.
Before a patient is discharged a planning meeting is held to evaluate the aftercare resources available locally to ensure that a suitable structure will be in place.
It is only now I can see how much I have grown and changed. So many things have been made possible through having the Clinic as a stable platform from which to take that leap of faith into the unknown.There is not a moment where I regret my time at the Clinic. I know that through the support and immense investment in me by such a committed team I am able to go out into the world considerably better equipped to deal with the highs and lows of life