Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - Wigan

​Who we are
Priestner's Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (also known as PICU) is based at our new Atherleigh Park hospital in Leigh. The 8-bed unit provides short-term, intensive mental health support for people experiencing severe mental health problems.

The unit is similar to our adults' mental health inpatient wards but the ward environment has been specially designed to meet the needs of adults who are experiencing mental health crisis and we have higher staff-to-patient ratios to enable us to provide a more intensive level of support to those staying on the ward.

Who is our service for?
Our service is available for male and female adults in Wigan and Leigh with severe mental health problems who are experiencing serious distress.

Our aim is to stabilise our service users' conditions so they can return to one of our adults' mental health wards as quickly as possible to continue their recovery. This will usually be either Westleigh Unit, our female ward or Sovereign Unit, our male ward.

How to access our service
As Priestner's Unit is a specialist service, you can't self-refer to the unit. If you are experiencing mental health crisis and need urgent help, please visit the 'help in a crisis' page on our website.

Practical information
Priestner's Unit is based at Atherleigh Park, off Atherleigh Way in Leigh.

Atherleigh Park has free parking for all staff and visitors.

Visiting times
The visiting times for Priestner’s Unit  are between between 10am-8pm daily (including weekends). All visits have to be pre-booked with the ward by calling 01942 636 430 and these are booked in hourly slots for individual patients.

Please be aware that we don’t allow visitors onto the ward during meal times which are 12noon – 1.00pm and 5 – 6.00pm. 

As with the rest of our buildings, our Atherleigh Park site is smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building or in the hospital grounds. Service users will be supported to abstain from smoking while on our wards and will be given nicotine replacement therapy as part of their care plan to support them to manage their addiction. For more information on this, please visit the smokefree page on our website.

View a 360 degree virtual tour of Priestner's Unit
You can view a 360 degree virtual tour of Priestner's Unit at Atherleigh Park on the 'Our Locations' section of our website.

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​Contact us
Priestner's Unit
Atherleigh Park
Atherleigh Way

Tel: 01942 636 426
(between 9am and 5pm)
Tel: 01942 636 430
(between 5pm and 9am)