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Wallace Hospital

Wallace211 Web sizeLocation: Dundee      
Number of beds: 10   
Gender: Mixed    
Age: 18+
Service: Hospital

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Katrina McArthur     

Katrina McArthur 2018  

Wallace Hospital
119 Americanmuir Road
Dundee DD3 9AG
01382 819 910

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Wallace is an independent hospital for people living with a learning disability, who may also have a diagnosis of autism

Situated in a residential area of Dundee, Wallace provides assessment and treatment for up to ten people with learning disabilities with or without autistic spectrum disorder, as well as complex needs and behaviours. The team can also support those who have additional mental or physical health needs, as well as those who have been detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act.

The team at Wallace work towards discharge from the point of admission, ensuring they work with the people they support to create their own pathway to the community and more independent living. The integrated care pathways ensure each individual is supported to reach their full potential.

Wallace is a detached purpose-built building, which enables people to receive bespoke, person-centred support to move through a full recovery pathway. The service is split into multiple areas supporting people with different levels of need. This creates a care pathway within Wallace from more acute intensive support towards residential-based support and finally transitional studio flats to prepare people for moving on. People have access to a number of good sized living areas, including lounges, dining areas and life skills kitchens, where they can develop their skills, as well as a garden to enjoy outdoor activities.

Wallace is located in the city of Dundee, which has an extensive array of community amenities for people to access, including leisure centres, social clubs, shops, colleges, and work placement settings. Service users can also enjoy walks and visits to the nearby botanical gardens and Discovery Quay.

Wallace has a dedicated Activity Coordinator who supports service users to have individual activity plans, which are created based on each person’s likes and hobbies. Their goal is to enable people to structure their time, build relationships and establish a balance between therapy, self-care, work and leisure, as appropriate to their individual needs.

People come to Wallace from a home environment, supported living or residential service due to an illness or a crisis in their life. They may also come following a stay at an NHS or other specialist learning disability service, including a secure service.

Based within the same building as Wallace is Thistle care home with nursing. This service has been created to provide a less restrictive community service with the unique advantage of being a nurse-led step down service. Click here for more information on Thistle.

Our Model of Care

Within Wallace Hospital we follow the five key principles that form our model of care, Personal PATHS.

1. Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
2. Appreciative Inquiry Methodology
3. Therapeutic Outcomes
4. Healthy Lifestyles
5. Safe Services

We believe that we must be fully accountable to the people we support, their families and to those who commission services on their behalf. Personal PATHS model of care is our unique way of supporting this.

We are regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). Any service user, their family or representatives can complain to HIS at any stage of any complaint they may have.

Click here to view the latest HIS report on Wallace Hospital

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