Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP)

The Trust provides services for adults over the age of 65 years with mental health problems and adults of all ages with Dementia. Our aim is to continue to provide and develop high quality, accessible, safe and effective person-centred care to the population, which the Trust serves taking account of regional and national best practice.

What do we do?

We provide Consultant-led multidisciplinary Outpatient Clinics for individuals who are experiencing mental health or memory problems. Assessments will identify possible treatable causes for memory difficulties or where appropriate provide a diagnosis of Dementia. This may involve more than one visit to the clinic. Counselling and education is offered in conjunction with Alzheimer’s and Mindwise Support Workers.

We also operate a drop in clinic in Lisburn on the last Wednesday of each month for education and support to both patients and their carers/family. This is supported by Community Mental Health Nurses and the Alzheimer’s Support Worker. A carers group meets on the first Thursday of each month in Lagan Valley Hospital.

Admissions to hospital are agreed with the Consultant Psychiatrist.


Our assessment & treatment beds for people with Dementia or suspected Dementia are located in Ward 11 Lagan Valley Hospital and the Downe Hospital.

In-patient beds for people with mental health problems are situated in Ward 11 Lagan Valley Hospital, Mental Health Inpatient Unit in the Downe Hospital and Ward 27 in the Ulster Hospital. The telephone numbers are:

Ward 11 - Lagan Valley Hospital
  (028) 9263 3518

Downe Dementia Unit
  (028) 4483 8260

Mental Health Inpatient Unit - Downe Hospital
  (028) 4483 8267

Ward 27 - Ulster Hospital
  (028) 9055 3220

Visiting Arrangements

Visiting is from 2.00 pm - 3.00pm and 6.30 - 7.30pm.

It is advisable to contact the ward to ascertain exact times. Visiting is limited to three visitors per patient. Children may visit following a pre-arrangement with the nurse in charge in a designated area of the ward. Patients should bring their own toiletries and day and night clothes. We do not provide laundry services for personal clothing. We operate protected mealtimes to ensure patients have time and privacy.

How to refer to our service?

We operate an open referral to our Community Mental Health Teams.

Our referral criteria is people with Dementia of any age who exhibit high risk complex and challenging behaviours, and people over the age of 65 years with mental illness.

They can be accessed by telephoning:

North Down Community Mental Health Nurses and Social Workers
  (028) 9187 0987

Care Managers and Assistant Care Managers
  (028) 9180 1234

Mental Health Outpatients - Ards Hospital
  (028) 9151 0106

Bangor - MHSOP
  (028) 9146 8521

Lisburn - MHSOP
  (028) 9250 1325

Downe Hospital - MHSOP
(028) 4461 3811

Useful Links/Publications

Click on the links below to access the articles:

Communicating Effectively with a Person Living with a Dementia