Mental Health Decision Units

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    Mental Health Decision Units

    Mental Health Decision Unit North

    The Mental Health Decision Unit North is a community service which consists of 4 chairs, providing support for up to 23 hours. This Unit is not an inpatient unit and is a service aimed at providing a short term safe therapeutic environment where people in crisis can have further assessment, who initially present at the A&E department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. 

    The Mental Health Decision Unit North is located on the Blackpool Victoria Hospital site on the ground floor within the Urgent Care Department.

    The Mental Health Decision Unit North is a 24/7 facility that provides an alternative pathway for people requiring urgent mental health on-going assessment and experiencing mental health difficulties in crisis. The unit is staffed by Richmond Fellowship, Crisis Recovery Workers and with support of staff, people can think through the nature of the crisis and about the help they need to recover both short and long term. The Unit will provide a safe environment for those in mental health crisis and will allow our staff to constantly assess and support the person.   

    Transfers into the Mental Health Decision Unit North are agreed by Mental Health Liaison Team after a Mental Health Triage Assessment is completed within the A&E Department. After Transfer the Mental Health Liaison Team will complete a full Health and Social Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment with the comfort and safety of the Mental Health Decision Unit North.

    During the time on the unit, a recovery plan will be formulated and put in place which will be developed through liaison with other services. This plan can include referring to appropriate in-patient services, or be transferred back to the community and where appropriate with a community support plan. 

    Arkwright Unit

    The Arkwright Unit is a community service, which consists of 7 chairs, this is not an inpatient unit and is a service aimed at providing a short term safe therapeutic environment where people in crisis can have further assessment. People can stay on the unit for up to 23 hours. People can then be referred to the appropriate service, or be discharged into the community. 

    The Arkwright Unit is located on the Royal Preston Hospital site in the ground floor of the Avondale building. The Unit is signposted for access.

    The Arkwright Unit is a 24/7 facility that provides an alternative pathway for people requiring urgent mental health on-going assessment and experiencing mental health difficulties in crisis. Along with support of staff, people can think through the nature of the crisis and about the help they need to recover both short and long term. The Unit will provide a safe environment for those in mental health crisis and will allow our staff to constantly assess and support the person.   During the time on the unit, a discharge plan will be formulated and in place and liaison with other services will have occurred.

    Referrals in to the Arkwright Unit are made by Mental Health Professionals via the telephone; all referrals will require a current risk assessment and Health and Social Needs assessment.  An over-the-phone triage will be carried out by the Clinical Practitioner who will have the final say in the decision to transfer the person into the facility. Referrals in to the unit can be made through the following teams:

    • Assessment and Treatment Team
    • Home Treatment Team
    • Community Mental Health Team
    • Mental Health Liaison Team
    • Criminal Justice Liaison Team
    • Mental Health Access Line

    How to contact us

    Central MHDU
    Green Lane North, 
    Fulwood, Preston, 
    Lancashire, 
    PR2 9HT
    Tel:  01772 520450

    Towneley Unit

    The Towneley Unit is a 24 hour, 7 day facility which provides an alternative pathway for people accessing emergency departments in crisis. The unit provides an assessment area in a calm and welcoming environment with places for six patients.

    With the support of staff, the person accessing the Towneley Unit is supported to both manage their immediate crisis and ensure they are placed on a pathway leading to ongoing recovery, which usually will help them to remain in the community.

    Referrals in to the Towneley Unit are made by Mental Health Professionals via the telephone; all referrals will require a current risk assessment and Health and Social Needs assessment.  An over-the-phone triage will be carried out by the Clinical Practitioner who will have the final say in the decision to transfer the person into the facility. Referrals in to the unit can be made through the following teams:

    • Assessment and Treatment Team
    • Home Treatment Team
    • Community Mental Health Team
    • Mental Health Liaison Team
    • Criminal Justice Liaison Team

    How to contact us

    Pennine MHDU
    1st Floor, Hilleview, 
    Royal Blackburn Hospital, 
    Haslingden Road 
    Blackburn, 
    BB2 3HH
    Tel:  01772 520450