Acute Inpatient Service

What our service does

The Acute Inpatient Service provides 24 hour treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic setting, actively engaging and involving people who are experiencing an acute mental health episode which cannot be managed in a less restrictive setting, owing to the degree of risk, clinical need or patient choice. Many of those admitted will require detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Amendment Act 2007. Where necessary, intense supervision and support will be provided.

Patients receive individualised care and treatment based on the Care Programme Approach (CPA) which highlights crisis management and a place of safety, specialised risk assessments and risk management, intensive assessment, treatment and therapy, stabilisation of acute symptoms and relapse prevention.

The service offers:
•assistance to acquire and enhance coping skills that promote and enable self-help and the self-management of mental health problems and difficulties;
•collaborative, structured approach towards assisting people to achieve their own recovery;
•diverse range of care interventions;
•individualised planning of treatment and care;
•specialist mental health and risk assessment;
•five Detox beds (three Keats, Bedford / two Coral, Luton).

Staff in these wards work closely with the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHT) and the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT).

Location of our service

Keats Ward (21 Beds + three Detox Beds)
Weller Wing
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
Bedford MK42 9DJ
Tel: 01234 299955

Coral Ward (28 Beds + two Detox Beds)
Luton and Central Bedfordshire Mental Health Unit
Off Calnwood Road
Luton LU4 0FB
Tel: 01582 709180

Onyx Ward (22 Beds)
Luton and Central Bedfordshire Mental Health Unit
Off Calnwood Road
Luton LU4 0FB
Tel: 01582 657545

Who our service provides for

Adults requiring acute assessment

•The patient needs to have been seen within the last 24 hours by the Community Co-ordinator.
•The patient needs to be in an acute mental health state and at risk of harm to self or others.

How to start using our service

Referrals are accepted from:

•acute sector (A&E)

All admissions via Crisis Team (CRHT):
Luton & South Beds: 01582 556971
North & Mid Beds: 01234 315691

Assessment within four hours of referral; admission based on outcome of assessment.

Contact for more information

Sylvie Downe
Clincal Group Manager
Keats Ward (21 Beds+ three Detox Beds), Weller Wing, Bedford Hospital, Kempston Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9DJ
01234 299955
Opening Hours:
24 hours, 365 days per year