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PICU moves to Hammersmith

29 Nov 2012

H&F Mental Health Unit dining area

Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit

The Trust’s psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) has moved to its new home in Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit.

The new ward, known as Askew PICU, has been recently refurbished to create a light and airy environment that promotes recovery and helps staff to provide the highest possible levels of mental health care.

The unit’s main function is to assess and treat patients who present treatment challenges that cannot be addressed on an open ward. This centralised service provides care for patients from all three of our local boroughs, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

There are a wide range of health professionals based at the unit, providing treatments to meet each individual’s needs. Care and therapy are focussed on the recovery model. The environment is designed to provide service users with a safe place to recover, recognising the therapeutic importance of meaningful activity.

The PICU ward was formerly located in the John Conolly Unit on the Trust’s St Bernard’s site in Southall. This move is part of the Trust’s extensive redevelopment programme on the site, which included the building of a new medium secure unit.