The Priory Hospital Potters Bar is a 50-bedded inpatient unit, situated in a residential area only five minutes by car from Junction 24 of the M25. The hospital is also easily accessible via National Rail, London Underground and local bus routes. The Priory Hospital Potters Bar is made up of 32 acute beds, an 11-bedded male HDU and a 7-bedded female HDU. This allows for a strong care pathway for both males and females, in a safe and secure environment.
HDU Standards of care
The HDU service has been designed to meet the standards set out in the Department of Health’s ‘National Minimum Standards for General Adult services in Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) and Low Secure Environments’. In addition, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS) standards for PICUs have been reviewed and implemented, in order to ensure the very highest standards of care and security throughout the service.
The Unit has a particular focus on relational security, with all staff trained in ‘See, Think, Act’, and procedural security is being implemented to PICU standard, with local policies and procedures in place to appropriately manage and treat the service user group effectively and safely.
Acute Inpatient Services
The Priory Hospital Potters Bar offers two mixed sex Acute wards providing 24-hour care and support and a period of intensive assessment and stabilisation for service users suffering an acute mental health episode. The unit accepts referrals and admits service users 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides full medical, clinical and therapeutic packages including pharmacological interventions when required.