If you, or a family member, experiences a mental health crisis you may find that you are referred to the Lotus Assessment Suite.
The Lotus Assessment Suite provides a safe and stable, calming environment away from A&E which allows mental health staff to undertake more detailed and informed assessments of people experiencing a mental health crisis and to agree what the best follow up support for them will be.
The assessment suite is not a ward and does not have beds.
Springfield University Hospital
Storey building (Building 30)
61 Glenburnie Road
Our Opening hours
The assessment suite is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
However, the assessment suite is not a ward and stays will be quite short, therefore visiting times would not apply. The service will contact significant family/carers
When you arrive you will be seen by a nurse who will show you around the assessment suite. The nurse will discuss the natuire of your crisis withy you and what the best options might be
The time and space that the assessment suite offers gives patients time to think through the immediate crisis and the sort of help they need to recover, both over the short and longer term.
It also gives our staff time to carry out an informed assessment, create a collaborative, tailored treatment plan and make appropriate arrangements for on-going support in the community where feasible. The assessment suite is not a ward and does not have beds. However, we will ensure your comfort, privacy and dignity throughout the assessment through:
- meals and snacks being provided
- access to bathroom/showering facilities
- horizontal recliner chairs enabling people to rest/sleep as required
The assessment is designed around your needs, but we expect most assessments to be competed and follow up plans agreed within 24 hours. Most people will have follow up through one of our community mental health services, although some will require inpatient treatment.
Referrals to the Lotus Assessment Suite will come from within acute hospitals’ Liaison Psychiatry service, mental health Street Triage teams in partnership with the police and ambulance services and Crisis and Home Treatment Teams.
Referrers should call 020 3513 6487.