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
Occupational therapy sessions
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.