Psychosis Service

Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital
Mode: Inpatient, outpatient, outreach
Average length of inpatient treatment: 6-12 months
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant Psychiatrists, GP’s CCG’s and self-funded referrals
Beds: 23 Male and Female

Key areas: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic depression, psychosis, drug-induced psychosis, delusional disorder, bipolar disorder

Overview

Our service specialises in expert, evidence-based treatment for people with complex and co-morbid psychosis, to enhance their quality of life through recovery and substantially reduce the risk of readmission or expensive
long-term care costs.

We have an internationally renowned team, pioneering treatment interventions and helping people who had no treatment options. The doctors, nurses, pharmacists, phsyicians, occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists attached to our service are experts in their field, with the majority also undertaking research into the causes of psychotic disorders and the effectiveness of both existing and new treatments. Every person undergoes an assessment with the team, and an individual physical and mental health treatment plan is developed.

As people are often a long way from home, we make admissions as short as possible, and communicate regularly with carers and the referring team.

Judith’s story

A couple of months after she’d been in the Psychosis Unit we were standing on a railway station platform, and in a quiet moment she began to sing to herself. It was lovely because that was something I hadn’t heard her do since she’d been ill.

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