Adult inpatient services are offered to patients 18 years old and older who require admission to hospital due to a mental health crisis. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 years requiring admission will be referred to another inpatient facility. The adult inpatient team consists of psychiatrists, social workers, clinical nurses, and a group activation co-ordinator who are trained to support you and your family in recovery from mental illness.
- Visiting a patient
Regular visiting hours are Monday – Friday from 4 - 8:30 p.m. Weekend and holiday hours are 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- What to expect when being admitted
For patients who are admitted from the emergency department, the doctor will determine the level of care and admit the patient to either:
- The main unit
- The step down unit – for patients who need a higher level of nursing care and observation
- The psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) - for patients who need the highest level of nursing care and observation
Upon admission, an assigned nurse will greet the patient and complete the admission process.
- What can I bring to the unit?
Here are some examples of items that may be brought from home for patients:
- 4-5 day wardrobe of casual, comfortable, appropriate clothing (there is limited access to laundry facilities), sleep wear (i.e. pajamas, slippers, robe)
- Personal toiletries (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, electric razor, etc.)
- Reading material, writing, and small hobby supplies (i.e. pencils, crayons, markers)
- A small amount of money for in-hospital purchases (i.e. coffee, snacks)
- Anything that has a cord must be CSA approved (they will be stored at the nursing station or in an assigned locker outside of the patient room for safety reasons)
- A list of current medications including over-the-counter-drugs (i.e. vitamins and supplements). Any medications bought into the unit must be kept at the nursing station.
- What should I leave at home?
Items not permitted on the unit include cameras, recording devices, valuables (i.e. jewelry, credit cards), contraband/illicit substances, and sharp objects (i.e. tweezers, glass bottles, mirrors, nail clippers, scissors, razor blades or sewing needles, etc.)
- Checking belongings
For safety reasons, a staff member will search belongings when they are brought onto the unit. Any items that can be a threat or danger to patients and/or staff will be stored in a secure location.
- Storing valuables
All unnecessary valuables should be sent home otherwise they will be stored in a secure location. They will be returned upon discharge with the exception of prohibited weapons or illegal substances as per the hospital policy. On admission, patients are asked to sign a release that the hospital is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged belongings.