Female Ward

The Female Ward was one of the two areas that existed from the inception of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in 1956.  It is a ward that caters to clients with Chronic Mental Illness such as Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorders. It also caters to females who are mentally challenged.  The ward has the capacity to accommodate thirty-two (32) patients ranging in age from thirty (30) to eighty-three (83) years.

The ward is separated into two (2) dorms; the first dorm accommodates the bed-ridden and patients with seizure disorders that require continuous observation.  The back dorm houses patients that are more independent. The ward has a dining room for feeding times, a common area for socialization, a treatment room and doctor’s office.

Our aim is to provide a caring, supportive and safe environment while assisting clients in achieving their maximum potential.

Mission Statement
To provide excellent and holistic care to the female resident patients through combined efforts of the psychiatric team, thus maintaining their optimal level of functioning (while institutionalized).


  • To create and maintain a therapeutic environment for all clients.
  • To be non-judgmental and supportive while clients express their feelings, views and attitudes as best they know how.
  • To be caring and supportive while maintaining a non-directive approach.
  • To provide positive learning experiences for the client in a therapeutic, safe environment.
  • To allow client to achieve their fullest potential focusing on their strengths and assets.

Source of Referrals
Podlewski Ward, Kelly Ward, Princess Margaret Hospital, Community Counseling & Assessment Centre and the Community.
Patients are transferred into the ward from either Kelly Ward or Podlewski Ward.  There are direct admissions to the ward from referral sources within the community and Family Islands.

The most common disorders are:

1.         Mental Retardation                          6.         Social Cases
2.         Schizophrenia                                  7.         Alcoholism
3.         Bipolar Disorder                               8.         Hypertension
4.         Seizure Disorders                            9.         Diabetes Mellitus
5.         Blind/Deaf/Mute Patients               10.       Psychiatric Disorders

Therapeutic Team
1.         Nurses                                             5.         Physiotherapist
2.         Physicians                                        6.         Social worker
3.         Recreational Therapist                     7.         Nutritionist
4.         Occupational Therapist

Services Offered

  • Group and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Occupational and Recreational Therapy
  • Dietitian Service
  • Podiatrist Service (nail care)
  • Beautician Service
  • Scheduled bus rides and church arranged functions and outings.

Family Responsibilities

  1. Visit as often as possible to maintain therapeutic milieu.
  2. Take patient on day/weekend leave to promote close family dynamics

Visiting Hours
Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Midnight
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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