Psychiatric Intensive Care (PICU) Harvest Unit
Similar to an intensive treatment unit in a general hospital, Harvest provides intensive treatment to people aged 18 years or above who, because they are mentally very unwell, need a level of nursing input that cannot be provided on a normal psychiatric unit.
If you are very unwell due to your mental health, you may be treated on harvest unit. The staff on Harvest unit provide a short intensive burst of treatment to enable patients to recover to a point where they can return to a normal psychiatric unit or even go home.
Patients on the unit will have been sectioned under a section of the Mental Health Act. If the unit is unable to meet a patient's needs, a referral will be made to a medium or high security service. The unit sometimes treats prisoners who have a mental illness and who are being rehabilitated.
Everyone who is a patient on the unit has their own en-suite bedroom. Harvest offers a range of activities and has access to garden and outdoor areas, gym and activity room.
Admissions to Harvest can happen at anytime. Referrals are usually made by a range of healthcare professionals and sometimes by prison services.
The unit supports people from Devon and Cornwall, and works closely with our hospital and low secure units.
Our leaflet provides more information on what to expect if you are visiting the unit as there are certain restrictions which need to be adhered to.
Harvest psychiatric intensive care ward, won the Health Service Journal's 'Changing Culture' award 2013 - which recognises organisations with a commitment to improving patient safety from ward to board. For more information visit the Patient Safety Awards 2013 website