New young people’s PICU open at Woodbourne Priory

Forward Thinking Birmingham has increased its inpatient bed capacity with the opening of a new ward at the Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Edgbaston.
The new psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU), called the Aspen Ward, provides five beds for male and female patients aged between 18 and 25. Run by Priory Group, the Woodbourne site is also home to Forward Thinking Birmingham’s 18-25s inpatient unit, which hosts 16 beds for young people with a range of mental health conditions.
Providing short-term care for patients with the most complex and serious mental health needs, the Aspen Ward is managed by a dedicated team of 30 specialist staff, including psychologists, mental health nurses and health care assistants.
Karen Kelly, Associate Service Director at Forward Thinking Birmingham, commented: “The new facilities look fantastic and much thought has obviously gone into their design and decoration, as well as in the preparation of the staff and the supporting clinical systems.
“It’s great to see another element of the service go live and I know the extra capacity will be greatly valued.”
Forward Thinking Birmingham also provides dedicated inpatient services for patients under the age of 18 at its Parkview Clinic in Moseley.