Older Adult Acute Care Unit

Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital
Mode: Inpatient
Average length of inpatient treatment: One month
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant psychiatrists, GP consortia, ward managers, hospital managers
Beds: 5

Key areas: Alzheimer dementia, dementia, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorder (non-forensic), psychosis, schizophrenia, vascular dementia


Our service provides specialist assessment and treatment for older adults over the age of 65, or people under the age of 65 with a diagnosis of dementia and an acute mental illness, or who are suspected to have an acute mental illness. It is also for people who have a relapse of a long-term mental illness who, due to the level of identified risks to themselves or others, cannot be safely assessed and treated anywhere but in an acute mental health hospital.

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