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National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

Bethlem Adolescent Unit


Location:
 Bethlem Royal Hospital

Contact information: 
Tyson East One
Bethlem Royal Hospital

Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham
BR3 3BX

Call:
020 3228 4160

Mode:
Inpatient

Referrals are accepted from:
 Consultant psychiatrists, consultant paediatricians, GPs, GP consortia, mental health professionals

Beds: 12 inpatient, three day patient

Key areas: Mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), psychiatric problems, psychosis, self-harm, suicide risk, learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders are not exclusions to admission, but would generally need to be associated with mental disorder that necessitated inpatient admission.

Overview

We are an open adolescent unit offering mental health care for adolescents with a serious mental illness, who require hospital admission. We have developed a national and international reputation for innovation and have a comprehensive, all hours emergency admission service.

The majority of the young people we treat are emergency admissions, however planned admissions can also be arranged. Admissions are accepted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including admissions under the Mental Health Act.

Approximately half of the young people admitted to our unit have psychosis. Others have problems relating to their mood and often pose a risk to themselves. We are also able to admit young people with a variety of other psychiatric or neurodevelopmental disorders, or where there is diagnostic uncertainty.

As we are an open unit, we are unable to admit young people who pose a level of risk that is not consistent with being cared for in such an environment. This judgement is always based on an individual risk assessment rather than applying absolute exclusion criteria, and is reviewed regularly. People requiring care in a more secure setting can be admitted to the unit later if the risk has reduced.

We provide a range of interventions, which are delivered by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, teachers, occupational therapists, social workers and other therapists.

We maintain close links with the person’s referring team to ensure they experience a smooth transition back to the community. Day treatment is often used as a stepdown service and can sometimes be used to avoid admission altogether.