Croydon Acute Admissions Ward is based at in Bethlem Royal Hospital. They provide care for people with acute mental illness who live in the London Borough of Croydon. Acute illnesses start quickly and have distressing symptoms.
Croydon Acute Admissions Ward is an assessment ward. They provide assessment and care for people, aged 18-65, who have an acute psychiatric illness requiring 24 hour hospital care.
They bring together different professionals, including psychiatrists, nurses and other mental health professionals who work with the patient and their carers.
They assess people and either transfer them to adult inpatient acute wards or refer them to their community services. They help to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
They work closely with the Croydon Home Treatment Team to support people when they leave hospital and to help maintain their health.
A small number of people are brought to hospital under the Mental Capacity Act and Section 136 of the Mental Health Act. This is a power that police officers can use if someone is in a public place and the police have concerns about them. They have a separate, designated place of safety, a ‘136 Suite’ (Place of Safety), where they can be admitted, assessed and cared for.