Margaret Laurie House Rehabilitation Unit

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Contact Details

Margaret Laurie House
1 Church Road
Reigate
Surrey
RH2 8HY

Telephone Number: 01737 277724
Fax Number: 01372 203441

Opening Times

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Contact Names

Manager: Maureen Cebreiro
Associate Director - Adult Inpatient Services: Karen Atkinson

Out of Hours Contact

Trust Crisis Line: 0300 456 83 42
SMS texting for people who are deaf or hard of hearing:07717 989024

Service Description

Margaret Laurie House is an inpatient unit offering a short term rehabilitation programme of skills training, alongside 24 hour nursing support, to help people who have severe and enduring mental illness to learn and regain lost life skills, and move to more independent living.

Skills training is offered in the areas of personal care, domestic tasks, money management, leisure time, work activities and management.

This service can cater for up to 12 people at a time and is provided by a multidisciplinary team with the involvement of people who use services and their carers.

Referrals are taken from across Surrey - and a specialist worker is on-hand to maintain and develop the individual's community links and treatment of mental health problems.

What you say

"We are encouraged to do more things for ourselves"

CJ describes his experience of Margaret Laurie House.

“Staff are around more so there is more interaction with the patients so we can talk about our feelings. There is a better routine and there is more structure and things to do. We are encouraged to do more things for ourselves and we are encouraged to move on and live in the community. I am looking forward to moving on to live in a different area when I am discharged from MLHouse.”

"I am more confident and motivated about wanting to live on my own again"

CH describes her experience of living at Margaret Laurie House compared to other rehab services.

I find the staff more positive, they give you more time and they put boundaries in place to deal with difficult behaviour. I find the health promotion groups very good and the recent group run by the ward doctor enabled me to reflect on how certain things can have an impact on my mood.

My named nurse Yvonne is always willing to meet with me and talk about my programme and my progress. When I go on leave she always tells me that if I have any concern I can always ring the staff for a chat. Having this support in place has been very helpful for me.  When I return from leave all the staff will ask me how my leave went. I am now feeling more positive about moving into my flat and spent one and a half days there recently. This is something that I would not have thought about doing some months ago. I have spoken to an ex patient, PL, who was previously in MLH and she told me how much she benefitted from being here and how staff supported her to move on and how she continues to use a timetable to structure her day. When I was in my flat recently, I thought about PL and felt encouraged in the belief that if she could do it so could I and for the first time in ages I have been given the confidence to move back to my flat.

"One of the things I also like about MLH is that the ward review and CPA meeting is not focused on my illness and staff wanting to know whether I have suicidal thoughts. They seem to be more focused on my recovery and medication is reviewed and reduced with good explanations given for doing it. Since I have been here my medication has been reduced and although I sometimes take some tablets in addition to my regular prescribed medication, to use at home if I need them, I seldom do. I find all the staff very supportive and consistent in their support of all the patients. Coming to MLHouse has been good for me because I am more confident and motivated about wanting to live on my own again and that staff have helped me to look forward to the future”.

Areas Covered

Elmbridge , Epsom and Ewell , Guildford , Hart , Mole Valley , Reigate and Banstead , Runnymede , Rushmoor , Spelthorne , Surrey Heath , Tandridge , Waverley , Woking

Referral Process

People referred to Margaret Laurie House are usually already in using SABP services. Referrals must be completed and sent by the care coordinator, or with the knowledge of the care coordinator if referred by other inpatient services in the Trust.

Referral Criteria

Anyone with long term mental illness who has rehabilitation needs e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.