Mental health: Adult inpatient services

Mental health: Adult inpatient services

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 coordinator who are trained to support you and your family in recovery from mental illness.

What to expect when being admitted 

If you are admitted from the Emergency Department, the doctor will determine the level of care you need and admit you to one of the following:

1.    The Main Unit
2.    The Step Down Unit – if you need a higher level of nursing care and observation
3.    The Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – if you need the highest level of nursing care and observation

Upon admission, an assigned nurse will greet you and complete the admission process.

What to bring to adult inpatient services

Here are some examples of items that you may bring:

  • Four- to five-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)
  • 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.

Anything that has a cord must be CSA-approved (they will be stored at the nursing station or in an assigned locker outside of your patient room for safety reasons).

What to leave at home

Items not permitted on the unit include cameras, recording devices, valuables (i.e., jewellery, 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 your belongings when you bring them to the unit. We will store any items that can be a threat or danger to patients and/or staff 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, you will be asked to sign a release that the hospital is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged belongings.

Visiting a patient 

Regular visiting hours are Monday – Friday, 4 – 8:30 p.m. 
Weekend and holiday hours are 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.