Who we are
Aquarius Ward is an inpatient service for young people aged 12-18 who have a serious mental illness e.g. psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, depression, severe anxiety disorders, OCD emerging personality disorder.
Who is the service for
This service is for young people aged 12-18 who have a serious mental illness or are experiencing an acute mental health crisis which requires short term crisis intervention either in hospital or in their own home / community setting
Where to find us
Springfield University Hospital
Telephone: 020 3513 5000
Fax: 0203 513 5439
Our opening hours
Who you might see / our staff
Depending on your needs you will see a variety of people including social workers, mental health practitioners, child and adolescent psychotherapists or a psychologist. Some of our key staff include:
Georgia Freeman: Ward Manager
Dr Daljit Jagdev: Consultant
Debs Parsons: Modern Matron
What you can expect
If you use our services you will receive an assessment of your mental health needs and a care plan detailing the suport you will recieve. Everybody who uses our services has one named person who will co-ordinate their 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 talk with them about how your treatment and support are going. When you come to hospital we will make sure you are given information about your rights and that you are only in hospital for as long as you need. When you arrive you will be given a welcome pack which will give you and your family all the information you need to know - like the visiting times and phone numbers.
Referrals are accepted from Tier 3 CAMHS services.
Telephone 020 3513 5421/5425/5427/5430
Fax 020 3513 5439
Other useful information
We are now in joint partnership with SLAM and oxleas. This covers the whole of South London area. This will help ensure that young people will not be sent out of the south London area if needing admission.
“We believe that by working as a partnership we bring together a critical mass of expertise and resources that can help to deliver better local population health. We will be able to not only increase the capacity of the services available but also improve the quality. The new model of care is likely to include initiatives that will really benefit patients such as increased provision of psychiatric intensive care and a support line that is linked to local crisis teams across our boroughs.
We are all too familiar with cases where patients who need inpatient support end up in facilities many miles away, due to the national shortage of CAMHS beds. We want this to stop and see this as a real opportunity to make sure that local children and young people receive mental health care near to their homes, without their family members having to travel far and wide to see them. Supporting young people near to home means facilitating links with their friends, family and schools which in turn will provide support and help them to maintain a life outside of hospital. This will also create new opportunities and engagement with local CCGs and Local Authority children’s social care across south London.
We know that inpatient facilities are not always the best way to support patients and we want to create an alternative model of care to reduce the needs for beds and provide care in the community. Our clinicians and managers will work with patients and their families to create this new model.
At the moment, we think that this will involve using our new commissioning funding to invest in services that will allow CAMHS patients to be supported in the community - and we expect to see a corresponding reduction in admissions to inpatient facilities and the length of time that many will spend in these facilities.”