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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help young people who are experiencing mental health issues.


Video with Dr Diana Cassell, Clinical Director CAMHS

Aquarius Ward

Aquarius Ward is a 12-bed mixed gender inpatient service for Young People aged 12-18 experiencing a mental health crisis, requiring short term crisis intervention in hospital.

Depending on your needs you will see a variety of people including Nurses, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Family Therapists, Social Workers or other Mental Health Practitioners. 

If you use our services, you will receive an assessment of your mental health needs and a care plan detailing the support you will receive.

Aquarius Ward is a friendly, peaceful environment. However, things can get noisier at times! The staff are easy to get along with and will do all they can to help you. We aim to ensure effective intervention to support transition back into the community and Tier 3/local services.

During the day there are activities, groups and school.

Young People will be allocated a named nurse and named doctor who will be the main points of contact for Young People and their parents/carers.

Conditions we treat

Young people who use our services get an assessment of their mental health needs and a plan of the care and support they will receive. You will also have one named person who co-ordinates your care and support. This person will be called either a named professional or, if your needs are more complex, a care co-ordinator. This person will be your main point of contact and you can speak to them about how your treatment and support are going.

We cover the following conditions:

Anxiety disorders in children

Bipolar disorder


Obsessive compulsive disorder


Referrals are accepted from Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS services. We cannot accept self referrals.

All referrals go through the South London Partnership Bed Management team.

Referrals can be made by a range of services including CAMHS, Paediatricians, Social Services, Schools, GP's and National Deaf Outreach Service.

We encourage telephone contact to discuss potential referrals. Following this a referral form is completed and sent via post / fax or secure e-mail to the unit. The unit is commissioned by NHS England and referrals are accepted from within the UK. For referrals outside England, funding will need to be agreed with the local team prior to admission.


Telephone: 020 3513 5421

Building 5 (Newton Building)

Entrance 8

Springfield University Hospital

Glenburnie Road


SW17 7DJ


Our opening hours

24 hours

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