The Mental Health Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is designed to provide the best possible healing environment for consumers, and to streamline access to care.
The Mental Health Unit is an acute unit consisting of 24 Acute Care beds, 10 Psychiatric Intensive Care beds and six Short Stay beds.
The Mental Health Unit also includes an exercise room with exercise bikes, lounges, dining rooms, a pool table, and provisions for game consoles.
Access to the natural environment is a key design feature of the Mental Health Unit, which maximises the use of natural light and incorporates open spaces and access to internal garden courtyards.
The mental health unit has been designed to enable direct admissions. Community mental health teams are able to facilitate known consumers with a mental health illness direct access to the unit, through the hospital's northern garden entrance, or if required through a separate ambulance entry on the hospital's western side. Other admissions to the unit are via the emergency department, or where care is transferred from another hospital.
This will reduce pressure on the emergency department and enable consumers direct and immediate access to the care they need.
In addition, access between the mental health unit and the emergency department is direct, as they are located next to each and linked by a staff corridor.
The mental health unit is located on Level 2 and in Zone G at the north west corner of the hospital. The location of the unit’s reception point is 2G195.