Acute Mental Health

Our acute mental health services support adults in severe mental health distress who are unable to be cared for safely in the community. We accept informal service users and those detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007). We aim to stabilise and treat individuals so they can be discharged back into the community as soon as possible.

Who we treat

The typical service user profile is;

  • Men & Women aged 18+
  • Informal or detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amend 2007)
  • Experiencing difficulties that present a risk to the wellbeing of themselves or others that cannot be treated in an open environment

Diagnoses may include:

  • Acute mental illness
  • Acute depressive illness
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dual diagnosis

Service users may also present with substance misuse and self-harm issues.

What we do

Our acute mental health units are 24 hour services which provide assessment, stabilisation, care and support within the least restrictive environment.

Service users are often referred whilst in a crisis, where behaviour and actions indicate being at risk to themselves and others. We develop person centred care plans on admission in collaboration with the service user, with the ultimate aim of stabilisation and discharge. We provide specialist psychological support to aid service users to utilise leave into the community safely, with the view of discharge into community services.

With a dedicated bed manager, we endeavour to respond to referrals within one hour from the point of referral to making a final decision. Our bed manager will support external agencies in arranging admissions and discharges for continuity.

Acute Mental Health Beds

Potters Bar Clinic Crystal Ward Female Acute 11 Beds North London
Potters Bar Clinic Ruby Ward Male Acute 12 Beds North London
Farmfield Hospital Brockham Ward Male Acute 14 Beds Surrey
Farmfield Hospital Faygate Ward Male Acute 14 Beds Surrey
Pinhoe View Kenn Ward Female Acute 16 Beds Exeter
Chadwick Lodge Isla Ward Male Acute 10 Beds Milton Keynes
St Mary's Hospital Eve Ward Male Acute 4 Beds Warrington

How to make a referral

For further information or to discuss a potential referral to one of our acute mental health units, please dial our 24 hr referral line on 0800 218 2398.

Alternatively, please e-mail