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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust: Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

This unit is for individuals having an acute episode of mental ill-health, who have become so severely distressed that they may cause a risk to themselves or others.

Service users may be at the PICU after being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

A dedicated group of specialist doctors and nurses are at the core of the PICU team, organising and supervising the treatment delivered in the unit and providing a lower stimulus environment and access to intensive one-to-one care or support as needed, to aid recovery.

Staffing levels within the PICU are higher than in other areas due to the higher level of care needed for service users.

The care and treatment offered is intensive, patient-centered and multidisciplinary and responds to critical situations.

The length of stay would usually not normally exceed eight weeks.

We aim to deliver care that respects individuals, values diversity, preserves dignity and promotes recovery and inclusion.

There are also entries in this directory for other of our services. Search the directory under 'Mersey Care' for more information.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Newton Ward

Mersey Care

Where to go

Newton Ward,
Clock View Hospital
2a Oakhouse Park
L9 1EP

Time / Date Details

When is it on
The ward is staffed 24 hours per day. Use the main switchboard or direct number for the ward if you need to make contact.

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Referral by GP or other health professional involved in the person's care.

Other notes

We adhere to Mersey Care’s policies and procedures and also to the Care Quality Commission standards. All staff are checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service.