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Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Our PICU services are for people who are experiencing acute mental health needs.
Antelope House garden

A PICU is a safe, secure and low stimulus ward environment, separate to the rest of an inpatient unit. A PICU has a greater number of staff per patient (staff ratio), which allows us to provide more intensive care and treatment.

Individuals supported in a PICU environment are normally at risk to themselves or others due to the acute nature of their clinical presentation.  Individuals are treated in line with the care pathway that is most appropriate for their clinical needs.

How we can help     

You will only stay in a PICU when you’re very unwell, so it will normally only be for a short period of time (often a few weeks).  

Treatment and support in a mental health unit can involve a range of therapies and services, including:

  • Individual therapy programmes

  • One-to-one support

  • Occupational therapy sessions

  • Medication 

  • Psychological therapy

  • Spiritual support

  • Monitoring your physical health


You can still have visitors when staying in a PICU. Your care team will be able to provide you with information about visiting hours.

I would like to:

Find out about our mental health inpatient services

Contact our Complaints and Patient Advice and Liaison Service

Contact us

We have two PICU wards across Hampshire:

Parklands Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9RH,
Tel: 01256 817718

Antelope House, Brintons Terrace, Southampton
SO14 0YG,
Tel: 02380 835500