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Chelsham House (Bethlem Royal Hospital)

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Chelsham House is part of Bethlem Royal Hospital. We provide inpatient assessment, treatment and care for people, aged over 65, who have acute mental illness, or under 65, for people who have dementia. Acute illnesses start quickly and have distressing symptoms.

Chelsham House, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX
Umbrella org:
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Area serviced:
Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark
020 3228 4373
Who is it for:
People over 65 years with acute or ongoing mental health problems, occasionally for those under 65.
Disabled access:
From Croydon: 194,119,198. From Bromley: 119, 367. From Forest Hill 356. From Orpington358.
Eden Park (20 minutes walk)

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For some people later in their life the cells in the brain that are related to mental ability become damaged, causing a gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember. When this happens it is referred to as dementia. Dementia is a non-specific illness syndrome (set of signs and symptoms) in which affected areas of cognition may be memory, attention, language, and problem solving.
Most of the treatment available under the National Health Service (NHS) is free, but there are some things for which some older people may have to pay part, all or part of the cost of, such as dental care and glasses. If you are on Income Support, Pension Credit or have Certificate HC2 or HC3, which means you can apply for a low income entitlement, most of these services will be free or subsidised. If you are on Pension Credit you will automatically qualify for help with the cost of travelling to and from hospital for NHS treatment. You may also get help towards these costs if you have a certificate HC2 or HC3 on grounds of low income. For further information contact the Benefits Agency or Age Concern Croydon.