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Johnson Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and Place of Safety

How our service can help you

The Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Ward for men aged 18-65, requiring intensive psychiatric care. We also provide short-stay intensive assessment and treatment for people with acute mental illness who have been referred from other inpatient services. Acute illnesses start quickly and have distressing symptoms. This service is for people who live in the London Borough of Lewisham. We offer psychiatric assessment, care and treatment in hospital, which helps reduce the risk to self and others.

We work closely with the nursing and psychology teams at the hospital.

  • Service Borough Covers: Lewisham Treatment type: Inpatient
  • Contact the service

    Site Location: Lewisham Hospital Known As: Johnson PICU Phone Number: 020 3228 6091
  • Disabled Access:


  • Address: Ladywell Unit
    University Hospital Lewisham
    Lewisham High Street,
    SE13 6LW
  • Business Hours/Visiting Hours:

    24 hours a day, seven days a week
    Visiting times

    Mon - Fri: 18:30hrs – 20:00hrs



    14:00hrs- 16:00hrs

    18:30hrs – 20:00hrs


    Children can visit but this must be agreed in advance.

    Visiting at other times can be arranged but needs to be negotiated in advance.

  • Other essential information

  • Conditions: Anxiety, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Bipolar disorder, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Childhood degenerative disorders, Conduct disorder, Dementia, Depression, Dissociative disorders, Eating disorders, Perinatal disorders, Personality disorders, Psychosexual, Psychosis, Self-harm
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