The unscheduled care service provides emergency mental health assessments for adults aged 18 to 65 years who have been urgently referred by either:
- their GP
- an Emergency Department
The service also provides emergency mental health assessments for people who are referred by the police following arrest and are still in custody in a Belfast police station.
The service operates at all times and can provide assessment on the same day as referral.
Referrals to unscheduled care are only accepted from:
- Emergency Department healthcare professionals
- PSNI (custody suite)
GP referrals can be made from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, through the mental health referral management service.
The emergency duty team is available at all other times for urgent and emergency referrals.
Adults who are referred to the unscheduled care service are assessed in one of our Emergency Departments:
- Royal Victoria Hospital
- Mater Hospital
Urgent GP referrals are assessed at either:
- Woodstock Lodge
- Fairview on the Mater Hospital site
PSNI referrals are assessed at the police station where the person is in custody.