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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. It is a 13-bed male only unit with a two-bed Section 136 Suite facility for males and females.

Care is delivered in accordance with the principles set out within the National Minimum Standards for General Adult Services in Psychiatric Intensive Care and low secure units.

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, Storey Building
Entrance 1, Springfield Hospital
7 Springfield Drive
SW17 0YF

Telephone: 020 3513 5000

Our opening hours

24 hours.

Visiting times for relatives and friends:

Monday - Friday: 4.00pm - 5.00pm and 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Saturday - Sunday: 2.00pm - 5.00pm and 6.30pm - 8.00pm


Who you might see / our staff

  • Ward Manager: Lucy Cooper
  • Consultant (Monday - Wednesday): Dr Frances Raphael
  • Consultant (Thursday/Friday): Dr Aileen O’Brien

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 is 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.

How to contact us


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

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