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We have 13 Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) for older people, based in locations across Dorset. They have a mix of staff who are specially trained in dealing with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and dementia.
Our aim is to support older people to live safely at home, and prevent unnecessary admissions into hospital. Our CMHTs provide a range of valuable services, including assessments, treatments and home visits, as well as group and individual therapies. They see people in a variety of settings, including hospitals and outpatient clinics, but most often in their own homes.
We work closely with other NHS and social care professionals. If you or your loved one would like to see a member of your local CMHT and have not used this service before, please speak to your GP or social care worker.
If you are an existing service user, you can contact your CMHT from Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. At evenings or weekends, please contact the Crisis Team directly.
If you help to look after an older person with mental health problems, our Carers page offers useful information about the support available to you.
Disabled Access: Yes
Open Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday
The OPMH (Older person mental health) team are based in the Bridport Hospital within a recently rebuilt space. They share and office space and consulting rooms with the adult mental health team. Close by in the hospital are colleagues from Social Services and other physical health services. The team offer assessment and specialist talking and medical treatments to older people (over 65) who have a moderate to severe mental health conditions. The team is made up of nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrist and support workers, all offering specialist interventions which support people in managing their mental health. The team link extensively with a wide range of partners from the Health Service, Dorset County Council and Local Community in enabling individual needs to be met.
Open Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-15:30
The Day Hospital provides a service for older people with mental health conditions. We specialise in dementia care for the Weymouth and Portland area. We primarily function as an assessment unit and provides mental stimulation and therapeutic treatment.