There are a number of stages you go through if you come to Riverdale.


After your doctor agrees we can help you, you visit us and have an assessment. This involves one of our Consultant Psychiatrists and another team member. Members of your family would also be invited and we spend time talking to you separately.

The assessment helps us to find out more about you and the difficulties you want help with. It also gives you a chance to have a look around and ask any questions.

After the assessment we discuss your treatment choices and recommend what we think will help.

If you start treatment with us you will be introduced to your key nurse. This is the person who will help you with day-to-day care and the person who will have most contact with you. There will be other people involved in supporting you such as; support workers, therapists, a dietician and a GP to check your physical health.


Your treatment varies according to your situation, every person is unique and nothing is forced on you. It will depend on your physical health, your treatment history, how long you have been experiencing a problem and what other support you get.

During your stay you will be regularly involved in discussions about the care and treatment you are receiving so you always have an opportunity to talk things through.

The types of treatment we offer are:

Inpatient treatment

Being an inpatient means staying at Riverdale full time for a while (during the day and overnight). The first stage of treatment will involve your family coming to take part in family meals or family therapy. As you progress through your treatment you and your key nurse will be able to plan in times where you will go home for weekends. This helps you keep in touch with friends and family and as you progress you will start to go home for longer. This gives you a chance to put into practice any changes and skills you have developed whilst here.

Day programme

As a day patient you come to Riverdale each day and return home in the evening. You will have responsibility for your evening and/or weekend meals. Usually being a day patient comes after a stay as an inpatient and happens when you feel more confident about taking on this responsibility. Day patients receive the same amount of therapy and day-to-day help as inpatients.

Outpatient treatment

Outpatients have either weekly or fortnightly appointments, which will include therapy sessions, practical support from a key nurse and nutritional/dietary advice.

After inpatient treatment you will usually become a day or outpatient. We discuss and review your plans for leaving us regularly throughout your stay.

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