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Mental health inpatients - Psychiatric Intensive Care

We have a number of wards at our Prospect Park Hospital dedicated to providing care and treatment for people suffering from mental health problems.

Our inpatient service is split into three groups:

This page is for adults needing Psychiatric Intensive Care.

Once you’ve been referred to our service, we’ll offer you a bed on our ward as soon as possible. Unfortunately we have a limited number of beds so, if possible, we might ask you to wait a little while or refer you to another hospital.

Our ward has access to a multi-skilled team consisting of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dietitians
  • Health care assistants

Once you’re on our ward, we’ll meet with you to carry out a thorough assessment of your needs and put together a care plan with the aim of eventually moving you onto one of our acute wards.

You may find that, to start with, you’re not allowed to leave the hospital or need to be accompanied if you do. Our clinical team, however, will continually assess your progress and discuss this with you.

You’ll also have access to our therapy service, which runs seven days a week, both on our wards and in our Therapy Centre. We have a mixture of staff and volunteers who deliver a range of activities including woodwork, gardening, sports activities, and games and puzzles.

Sorrell ward is our dedicated, mixed gender ward for Psychiatric Intensive Care and has 13 beds available.

The ward provides a low stimulus environment and has a high staff to patient ratio. Our main focus is on providing you with the best care in a safe environment.

To access our service, you’ll first need to be assessed by our Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). They’ll decide whether you need to be admitted for a stay on one of our wards and will then refer you to our care.

Our service is open to anyone who is over 18 and registered with a Berkshire GP.

If you’re brought directly to hospital by the police, however, you may be assessed under the Mental Health Act by an approved mental health practitioner and an independent doctor before being referred to our care.