Ferndene is based at the former Prudhoe Hospital site and provides regional and national Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for children and young people between the ages of 13 and 18. Tier 4 CAMHS are for patients with more complex needs usually requiring inpatient treatment. Ferndene has four wards (Redburn, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Fraser and Stephenson) providing a total of 29 beds.
Redburn is an inpatient general adolescent service with ten beds providing specialist care and treatment to young people with severe and or complex mental disorders who cannot be adequately or safely treated within community children and young people’s services (CYPS). This includes young people with mild learning disability and autism spectrum disorders who do not need inpatient CAMHS learning disability services.
Mental disorders can include depression, psychoses, eating disorders, severe anxiety disorders and emerging personality disorder. Young people admitted to this service may or may not be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act.
Telephone: 01661 838 491
Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
The Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is an inpatient service with four beds for young people with behavioural problems which cannot be managed within an inpatient CAMHS service. Levels of security are similar to those in a low security ward. All young people admitted to PICU must be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act. Admissions should not last longer than six weeks.
Telephone: 01661 838 501
Fraser is a learning disability inpatient service with eight beds providing care and treatment for young people who have a learning disability and associated challenging behaviours that can no longer be managed at home. Young people admitted to this service will have a learning disability and other mental health problems and may or may not be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act.
Telephone: 01661 838 503
Stephenson is a low secure inpatient service with seven beds for young people with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders requiring assessment or programmes of treatment within a more controlled and secure environment. Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC) has accredited Stephenson as Excellent.
Telephone: 01661 838 513
How to get referred
Admissions to Ferndene will be through a specialist mental health service or following a GP referral to a consultant.