Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is predominantly a psychiatric intensive care hospital (PICU) for people with multiple conditions, complex health needs and challenging behaviour, such as an acute psychotic episode, drug-induced psychosis, schizophrenia, risky behaviours and many more. The primary aim of the hospital is to provide intensive care to stabilise patients so that they can resume life or treatment in a community or hospital setting.

Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton also provides treatment in a dedicated female-only ward where an extended and enhanced approach to treatment aims to achieve longer-term outcomes including a reduction in readmissions and stabilization of long-term or recurrent mental health conditions. For existing patients, the smooth transition of step-down from our PICU to our longer-term ward creates consistency of care and stability for the patient.  Likewise, for those transferred from elsewhere, this service creates a consistent, stable environment thereby facilitating recovery.

Psychiatric Intensive Care

Psychiatric Intensive Care

  • This is commonly abbreviated to "PICU". It is a service for adults who are going through a sudden mental health crisis, and who pose a high level of risk to themselves or to other people. These patients usually need immediate inpatient treatment in a safe setting. Patients are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).
  • We work with these patients to draw up a treatment plan aimed at getting the individual back to life in the outside world.