The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the UW Medical Center is a voluntary unit with 14 inpatient beds. Three of the beds are designated as medical psychiatric beds for patients with more acute medical concerns. The service has about 750 inpatient admissions per year, and a 6-7 day length of stay. The unit accepts referrals from Washington, Alaska and Montana, as well as from psychiatrists in local practice and from regional mental health centers. Patients frequently have co-morbid substance abuse and medical illness. The UWMC Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is a training site for the UW Psychiatry Residency Training Program. The unit is located on the seventh floor of UWMC.
The UWMC Medical/Surgical Inpatient Psychiatry Units are for patients who have primary psychiatric needs or psychiatric needs created by their complex medical conditions. UW Medicine psychiatrists make approximately 1,500 consultations per year.
Individuals or referring physicians requesting inpatient admission to either inpatient unit should call the Central Intake Office at 206-598-6195 from 8 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Admission requests outside of these hours are evaluated in the UWMC Emergency Room (206-598-4000) by our social work staff and on-call psychiatrists.
Please note: Inpatient services do not include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or the resources to manage behaviorally disruptive patients or patients who require active, ongoing case management. Patients or providers requiring these services should contact Harborview Medical Center at (206) 744-3000 or toll free 1-877-520-5000.
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