Psychiatric Intensive Care (PICU)

Psychiatric intensive care is offered to people who are detained under the Mental Health Order (1986) and require treatment in a secure environment.

Patients may present behaviours such as self-harm, serious physical aggression or sexual disinhibition, which means that safe and therapeutic management and treatment would not be possible in an open acute ward.

Avoca ward, our PICU, admits patients from the Greater Belfast area.  However the ward also takes patients from other hospitals if a PICU bed is required and there are no beds in that catchment area.

In PICU all aspects of health, including physical health, social care needs and risk, are jointly assessed by the multi-disciplinary team.

How to access the Service

PICU referrals can only be made by a Consultant Psychiatrist.


Avoca ward, Knockbracken Healthcare Park