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Ward 1 - Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Who we are

Ward 1 is the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for the five boroughs within our Trust.

Who is the service for

The unit primarily provides intensive care facilities for people compulsorily detained, who are in an acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder such that their safe, therapeutic management and treatment in a general open acute ward is jeopardised.

Where to find us

Building 30
Entrance 1, Springfield Hospital
61 Glenburnie Road
SW17 7DJ

Telephone: Ward 0203 513 5000

Our opening hours

The inpatient PICU operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visiting times for friends and relatives:

Monday to Friday: 4..00pm to 5.00pm and 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 2.00pm to 5.00pm and 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Who you might see / our staff

Andy Plumb - Ward manager


What you can expect

Anyone who uses our services first gets an assessment of their mental health needs and a plan of the care and support they will receive. They will also will also have one named person who co-ordinates 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 should be your main point of contact.  You can speak to 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.


Admissions to PICU are usually negotiated with the nurse in charge.

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