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Acute Care Services

Patients are sometimes best cared for in an inpatient setting. Duke clinicians provide experienced and compassionate mental health care to adults 18 and older in two inpatient facilities: Duke University Hospital Williams Ward Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Duke Regional Hospital.
Here are crisis resources for your reference.

Emergency Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Services provides consultative services to the Emergency Department on a 365/24/7 basis. Consultations are completed by Advanced Practice Providers, Psychiatric Residents and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Both adults and children are seen.

Inpatient Care

Williams Ward is an 18-bed inpatient adult general psychiatric ward. The ward serves to provide acute stabilization of patients in crisis. We do not treat primary substance related disorders or inpatient detoxification.

The treatment team is composed of a psychiatrist, nurses, clinical social workers, recreational therapist, psychiatric residents, medical and nursing students and other ancillary staff as needed. Physician assessments are done daily. Regular group therapies are provided. Consultations are available, as clinically indicated, by other medical and surgical disciplines.

Referrals for inpatient hospitalization can be made by calling 919-206-9795.

Combined Inpatient Medicine/Psychiatry Care

The General Medicine 12 service provides care to hospitalized adults with active medical and psychiatric illnesses on the medical/surgical floors of Duke University Hospital. The treatment team consists of an attending physician board certified in both internal medicine and psychiatry, internal medicine/psychiatry residents, psychiatry residents, medical students, case manager and pharmacist. Patients are evaluated by the physician team daily and may receive additional care as clinically indicated by consulting medical and surgical specialists, physical and occupational therapy and dietitians. 

Patients are referred to the General Medicine 12 service by other physicians within the Duke University Health System, or from outside physicians through the Duke Transfer Center (919-681-3440).

At this time, we are unable to take referrals directly from patients or family members.

Consult-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Psychiatry)

Psychiatric consultations are available to both the adult and pediatric hospitals. Consultations are arranged by the primary service/team of the patients. Consultations are available 365/24/7.