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Lark Ward, Woodlands, Suffolk

 What help do you offer?

We are an 8 bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Ward (PICU); we have 2 female beds and 6 male beds. 

We provide care and treatment for service users in the most critical time of their mental health recovery and we can offer a more intensive service due to our environment, levels of staffing and number of service users on the ward. 

As a team we are committed to working collaboratively with our service users and carers and we belief this this is the key to understanding the best way to care for our service users. We offer support to service users over the age of 18.

We also currently have a Covid-19 cohort section of the ward which is separated from the PICU ward. This offers 2 beds for service users who have tested positive for Covid-19. This enables us to safely provide care and support for service users mental health whilst they are requiring isolation due to Covid-19. 

 How do I get help from your service?

​We receive referrals for admission from a range of avenues, including community services, places of safety, and inpatient wards. 

Referrals can be made to us following two Section 12 doctors and an Approved Mental Health Practitioner assessing an individual to require treatment under the Mental Health Act and that the individual would require a higher intensity of input than on the acute wards. 

All referrals are screened by the PICU practitioners and decisions made in line with PICU criteria.  

 What hours is your service available?

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

 What can I expect from you?

We provide care and treatment for service users in the most critical time of their mental health recovery and we can offer a more intensive service due to our environment, levels of staffing and number of service users on the ward. 

As a team we are committed to working collaboratively with our service users and carers and we believe this is the key to understanding the best way to care for our service users.

  • You can receive any of the following treatments: 
  • Medication including access to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Psychology
  • Complimentary therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Brief talking therapies
  • Physical health screening and assessment

We provide individualised care planning and assessment in order to support service users in their journey of recovery; including personalised discharge planning to acute services when indicated.  ​

 What is the main address of your service?

​Lark Ward
Woodlands Unit
Ipswich Hospital
Ipswich
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:
Schizophrenia
Depression
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. 

 Matron

Danielle Robinson

 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.