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Lark Ward, Woodlands, Suffolk

 What help do you offer?

Lark Ward is a mixed sex, ten bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). We provide an age inclusive service if you meet the admission criteria.

At Lark Ward we offer care if you have acute mental health issues that may be difficult to care for on a general acute ward. We also take admissions directly from the community if PICU is required.

We have a higher staff to patient ratio, which together with our environment helps us to provide more intensive treatment.​

 How do I get help from your service?

​You are usually referred from an adult m​ental health inpatient ward. The team making the referral will discuss this with you at the point of referral.

 What hours is your service available?

Lark Ward offers a 24 hours, seven days a week service.​

 What can I expect from you?

At Lark Ward, we provide more intensive treatment with a two staff to one patient ratio. You can receive any of the following treatments:  
Medication including access to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
Complimentary therapy
Occupational therapy
Art therapy
Brief talking therapies
Physical health screening and assessment 

We work with you and your carers towards your recovery and discharge. ​

 What is the main address of your service?

​Lark Ward
Woodlands Unit
Ipswich Hospital
IP4 5PD 

 How can I contact you?

​You can contact us at the above address or you can telephone 01473 891720

 What conditions do you treat?

​We treat all severe mental disorders, for example:
Acute anxiety
Personality disorder
Bipolar disorder

 What support do you offer carers including friends and family?

​We work closely with Suffolk Carers and the Patient Advice Liason Service (PALS). We have a monthly drop-in carers session in the Woodlands.

Lark Ward has a dedicated staff member who carers can contact in the evening and when someone is admitted the ward sends out information to carers. Carers' needs are assessed as part of the inpatient care plan and carers are routinely invited to case reviews on the ward. 

 Clinical Team Lead

​John Bingham

 I need help urgently! Who do I call?

​People who are treated by our service should call the Access & Assessment Team on 0300 123 1334 when in need of urgent help.