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Bethlem Adolescent Unit (Bethlem Royal Hospital)

Phone number:
020 3228 4160
Hospital site:
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Address:
Bethlem Adolescent Unit
Denis Hill Unit 2
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham
Greater London
BR3 3BX
Disabled access:

Yes

Directorate or department:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Care pathway:
Service type:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (National and Specialist)
Treatment mode:
Inpatient
This service is for people who live in:
National (Child and Adolescent services)
Summary:
Bethlem Adolescent Unit is an open adolescent unit, offering mental health care for adolescents with 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, and can be accepted under the Mental Health Act.

Approximately half of the young people admitted to our unit have psychosis. Others have problems relating to their mood, often posing 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 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 if the risk has altered.

We provide a broad 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 step- down service and can sometimes be used to avoid admission altogether.
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