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Berkshire Adolescent Service

The Berkshire Adolescent Service is an inpatient mental health unit for young people aged 12 to 18 years. We provide intensive treatment for young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and who can no longer be cared for in the community.

We’ve developed specific treatment programmes for young people with severe and long-lasting mental illness, eating disorders, and problems in social and emotional development.

The team here at the Berkshire Adolescent Service has a wealth of experience in treating and supporting young people. We consist of nurses and support workers, consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, an art therapist, a specialist eating disorders nurse and a dietician.

The unit is on the site of Wokingham hospital, near Wokingham station. We have links with all the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Berkshire, and take referrals from them as well as via our Health Hub.

We also provide inpatient services to young people who don’t live in Berkshire if there’s no bed for them in their local area.

When you’re admitted to the unit you’ll be met by the nursing team, who will take you through the admission process, give you information about the unit and what to expect, and answer any questions you may have about your stay. You can be accompanied by your family or a carer who can also ask questions about the service and your stay. There will be some forms that you and your family or carer will need to fill in.

A member of staff will stay close by you for at least a day after you arrive. This is so we can get to know you and support you during your first few days on the unit.

A Case Team will support you during your admission, and help you work towards being discharged from the unit. The team will include a case coordinator, a family worker, a consultant psychiatrist and a nurse. You may attend school on-site.

You’ll be given a copy of your care plan, and will be included in discussions about how you, your team and your family or carers can support you towards your recovery.

The visiting times to the Berkshire Adolescent Service are:

Monday to Friday: 6pm to 8pm

Weekends: 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 8pm.

If it’s planned in advance, patients may be able to spend time away from the unit with family and friends, returning by 9pm.

Young people will need to be referred by their local CAMHS team. A member of the Berkshire Adolescent Service team will look at the application, then make a decision about whether they can be admitted to the unit.