Referrals to the Mildred Creak Unit

The Mildred Creak Unit is named after the hospital’s first child psychiatrist and is an inpatient psychiatric unit for seven to thirteen year olds.

We have up to ten places (seven inpatient, three day patient) available on the unit and we accept children with a range of emotional difficulties. In particular, these include somatoform disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and other psychiatric conditions.

The proximity of paediatric services enables us to manage co-morbid medical problems. We are a nationally commissioned service and can accept children from across the UK.

Information for referrers

Referrals should be made on an NHS England Form and emailed to

The unit accepts referrals supported by Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists in Tier 3 CAMHS services and also from Consultant Paediatricians within Great Ormond Street Hospital, with Tier 3 CAMHS support for the referral.

The Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, or one of the senior management team, will be happy to discuss cases on the telephone prior to the decision to refer. The unit has a fortnightly referral meeting, where referrals are discussed by our team and a senior team member is allocated to liaise with the referrer.

For more information, read our information for referrers guide. (242.5 KB)

Urgent referrals and emergencies

We are not able to accept emergency admissions, but we do respond as quickly as possible to all referrals, usually within 24 hours. Cases are prioritised in discussion with the referrer.

Informal queries

If you wish to discuss a case before deciding whether to refer, please contact:

The Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mildred Creak Unit
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200, Ext 0268 or 8836

Please leave a message for the attention of the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and senior management team