Alderney is a self-governing, democratic territory and one of the constitutive islands of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which is currently home to around 1,985 permanent residents (Alderney Electronic Census Report, 2018). The Committee for Health and Social Care in Guernsey are responsible for providing a range of health and social care services to all residents of Alderney.
The Older Adult Community Mental Health Team (OACMHT) is dedicated and committed, to providing a comprehensive service to all islanders over the age of 65, whether that is for a functional or organic mental illness.
A mental health nurse visits Alderney for two days, every four weeks. Clinics are held, by appointment only, in the Mignot Memorial Hospital, as well as house visits when required, and a monthly clinic is also held in the Connaught Care Home. The nurse works closely with staff across all sectors in health and social care settings providing support, teaching and advice as and when required.
As poor weather in winter can affect travelling to Alderney, video call conferences can be arranged between the Oberlands Centre and the Mignot Memorial Hospital, which all services in Alderney have bookable access to (contact Marc Sumner 01481 822822 for details).
The mental health nurse may also signpost clients to the voluntary sector in Alderney for more robust support on island. These services are not only for those individuals who may be living with a mental illness, but also for their carer's. Services may include;
The Connaught Care Home, who provide a vast array of on island services such as home help, meals on wheels, bathing services, day care as well as residential care. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milly's foundation, Alderneys Dementia Charity providing training and support for professionals and carers. Contact: Colin Williams - 01481 824156 or via the Connaught Care Home email email@example.com
Age Concern Alderney supports the elderly in the community, such as advice, companionship, transport, financial assistance, outings and holidays. Contact Barbra Benfield - 07781 123637