Nile Ward is a psychiatric intensive care unit at St Charles Hospital.

It provides mental health care and treatment for people whose acute distress, absconding risk, and suicidal or challenging behaviour needs a secure environment beyond that which can normally be provided on an open psychiatric ward. High staffing ratios allow for intensive input to resolve issues quickly.

Nile Ward is an acute treatment ward. We have 12 beds for adults aged 18 to 65, including people with learning disabilities and occasionally adolescents aged 16 to 18.

If you come on to Nile Ward, then you will be under a section, under the Mental Health Act.

If you go to a PICU, such as Nile Ward, you will usually be transferred back to a treatment or older adult ward before you are discharged. Each ward will provide a safe place to recover and an opportunity to engage in therapeutic activities and receive the treatment you need.

We are always happy to welcome visitors you may wish to see during your admission, however, we operate a zero-tolerance policy on any drugs or alcohol on the premises. The visiting times are:

Monday to Friday: 4.30pm to 8pm

Weekends: 2.30pm to 8pm

Protective meal time: 6pm to 7pm

Bus: 18, 23, 52, 70, 295

Tube: Ladbroke Grove or Latimer Road (Circle, Hammersmith and City)

Rail: Shepherds Bush (London Overground)


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