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Child inpatient psychiatry

Published on 06 February 2024

The Child Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is inside the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. It provides psychiatric services for children aged 5 to 11 years.

What is inpatient psychiatric care?

Inpatient care means that children have to stay in hospital for a set period. Specialist care at the unit is only for the most complex psychiatric cases.

Healthcare experts assess and treat these complex risks and disorders. They might include psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorders, learning disabilities, eating disorders and autistic-spectrum type disorders.

There are six beds available for children. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) refer patients to the unit when children fail to respond to care at a local and regional level, and they require specialist treatment.

Further information about inpatient psychiatric care for children in Scotland is available on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.