From 1 April 2021, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust takes over the management of the Archer Unit.
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The Archer Unit is a 20-bed rehabilitation unit, providing 24-hour care for adult patients.
You may have been admitted following a stay in hospital or your GP may have decided that you would benefit from some rehabilitation support to prevent you being admitted to hospital.
The Unit is staffed by a dedicated team of nurses, therapists and health care professionals working closely with local GPs and social care teams. Our aim is to support you to regain your confidence and mobility by helping you to develop old skills and teaching you new ones.
We will agree a rehabilitation programme with you to help you return home or to your usual place of residence as soon as is possible. All bays and wards are single sex with their own toilet facilities and we have a quiet room available for faith or spiritual needs or for confidential consultations.
Why would I be admitted to the Archer Unit?
This is a stepping stone towards your recovery as the Unit provides health care and rehabilitation.
Can my family and friends visit me in the Archer Unit?
Yes, we encourage visitors to the Unit and fully recognise the important role they have to play as part of your recovery.
Visiting times are 14.00-16.30 and 18.00-20.30
Where would I go to after my stay at the Unit?
Part of planning your care with you will involve identifying how long your stay at the Unit will be. This will be determined by your rehabilitation progress. We begin to plan your discharge the day you arrive on the Unit. The team will identify with you and your family or carers an expected date for you to be able to return home.
Please note this is a date we can all aim for to ensure you are prepared for your discharge in a safe and timely way. Your discharge from the Unit will involve the health and social care team, if required, to ensure you can return home safely as soon as possible. If it is not possible for you to return home, the team will support you in finding a suitable alternative, but this may mean you have to move to respite care whilst an alternative longer term option is sought.
The team may arrange a meeting where you and your family or carer can meet with us so that together we can jointly decide the best way of providing for your future needs. If you require on-going health support, you may be discharged into the care of our community teams who will continue to support your recovery. If at any stage you would like to discuss your care or have any concerns, please speak to a ward sister or the matron.