We have one bed available today on Frinton, our female ward in Essex. From Saturday afternoon we should have beds available on Audley, please contact the ward directly.
Scroll down for information about our protocols for new admissions and how we are working to keep our patients and staff safe.
Image shows morning in our Northampton grounds
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 – Female PICU N'ton Tel: 01604 614 584 Email: SAH.PICUFemaleNorthampton@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
Rapid Response service - For acquired brain injury, complex dementia or Huntington's disease
Male or Female Northampton - Telephone: 0800 434 6690 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions from a healthcare setting
Where patients are admitted from a healthcare setting we ask the referring agency to confirm that the current ward has been Covid-19 free for the previous 10 days, with no symptomatic or positive patients within that setting. We will ask for a PCR test to be completed 48 hours prior to the agreed admission to St Andrew’s, and following a negative result the patient can be admitted and placed in isolation where they will be given another PCR test and monitored for symptoms over 48 hours. If they receive a negative result and are symptom free after 48 hours then isolation will end.
(This process will also apply to patients who transfer between St Andrew’s wards following their admission.)
Admissions from a non-clinical setting
Where patients are referred from non-clinical or non-inpatient settings (e.g. Community , section 136 suites etc.) the patient is required to isolate for 6 days with PCR testing completed on day 1 and day 6, with negative results required before the patient can be integrated to the general ward environment.
Our PICU ward teams offer an extensive multi-disciplinary approach in their care of our patients. Here some of the team come together to share what they think sets our service apart from many others.
‘Being flexible, having good levels of communication, meeting regularly and having good physical services, both inside and outside of the units, are real positives for St Andrew’s’ Dr Shubhinder Shergill
With male and female wards in Essex and Northampton our PICU service is for people who need more intensive levels of support and care. They may be at higher risk of being violent to other people and they may be a risk to themselves. We provide them with an environment that is quieter and very highly staffed.
From the moment someone comes through the door of our PICU services, we’re working towards their recovery, so they can move back to their community as quickly as possible.
‘When I got to St Andrew’s there was something that really blew me away in comparison to one of the places I’d worked before, it wasn’t as patient-led as it is here….knowing that the patient was at the centre of their care, that they had an opinion and a voice and that they were really heard by everyone involved’ Lynsey Harradence, OT Technical Instructor
To find out more about our PICU services and meet the team, watch our videos below
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.
As part of our Neurobehavioural services we also offer rapid assessment and admission for patients with an ABI or PNC whose behavioural presentation or cognitive function has deteriorated and who require urgent stabilisation and intensive therapy in a safe environment.
Our programmes deliver treatment to support a return to community once the crisis period has subsided, and also offers a service for patients requiring a more extensive care package.
Make a referral: 0800 434 6690
Download our Rapid Response service leaflet here (PDF link)
Male or female patients aged 18-65 years typically present with:
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.