"The staff here are patient and respectful and they know how to keep is safe and support us" Female PICU Patient at St Andrew's
Frinton Female PICU ward - Essex
If you need help with a female crisis referral for a person suffering from an acute mental illness our Frinton ward team are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week - call us on 01268 723 860 - Going in to the weekend we have 3 Female PICU beds available in Essex, please note there is currently no access to seclusion on our female ward.
In line with NAPICU guidance we are unable to accept patients in to our PICU services with a primary diagnosis of Personality Disorder.
Male PICU wards - Northampton and Essex
Our male services Bayley in Northampton and Audley in Essex are currently full, but call the wards directly over the weekend as there may be discharges.
Neurobehavioural Rapid Response - We have one male bed available today. Please click here for more information and specific contact details. Seclusion rooms are available across our Neuro services where required.
Click to downloadAcute and PICU referral form 2023 Acute and PICU service brochure 2023
Our four male and female PICU wards are based centrally across Northampton and Essex offering 24/7 rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation for people with acute phases of mental illness, we aim to give you a decision on your referral within the hour.
Heygate ward – Male PICU N'ton Tel: 01604 616 111 Email: SAH.PICUMaleNorthampton@nhs.net
Bayley ward – Male PICU N'ton Tel: 01604 614 584 Email: SAH.PICUMaleNorthampton@nhs.net
Audley ward – Male PICU Essex Tel: 01268 723 930 Email: SAH.PICUMaleEssex@nhs.net
Frinton ward – Female PICU Essex Tel: 01268 723 860 Email: SAH.PICUFemaleEssex@nhs.net
Benfleet ward - Male ACUTE Essex Tel: 01268 723 934 Email: SAH.ACUTEMaleEssex@nhs.net
Naseby ward - Male ACUTE Northampton Tel: 01604 616 179
Click here for our dedicated Neuro Rapid Response service page.
Male or Female Northampton (Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm) - Tel: 0800 434 6690
Male or Female Northampton (Out of office hours) - Please contact the relevant ward directly:
There is now updated Covid-19 guidance for healthcare settings, which means there are some changes to the admissions and isolation processes affecting our patients:
1. New admissions will need to isolate and complete a lateral flow test. If negative, the patient can end isolation, but if positive the patient will remain in isolation, see below
2. Patients that have received a positive result can end their isolation before the 10 days if they have 2 consecutive negative LFT results 24 hours apart. This testing will be done from day 5.
Short term quarantining ensures the safety of all of our patients and staff.
As a charity working in partnership with others, we are continuously seeking feedback to improve the services we offer. If you have used our PICU services, please let us know your views, opinions, thoughts or ideas to help us continuously improve. Click here to share your feedback.
Updated: 10AM Friday 02 June
Our PICUs offer a short period of rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation for people with acute phases of mental illness who are in need of emergency psychiatric care.
24/7 admissions service with decision within an hour of a referral.
Our team are expert in treating people with acute mental illness and complex needs, offering a range of group and individual therapeutic interventions to meet the patient’s needs at different stages of their recovery.
Included in the daily bed rate:
Referrals accepted direct from Clinical Commissioning Groups and Foundation Trusts.
All our PICU wards are members of NAPICU, and adhere to the NAPICU minimum standards and their admissions criteria.
The therapeutic value of regular engagement with family and friends can be key to a person’s recovery and thankfully we are now able to welcome family and carers back on site.
To find out more about our PICU services and meet the team, watch our videos below