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 15 year olds. We have up to ten places available on the unit and we accept children with a range of behavioural and 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.

Information for referrers

Referrals should be sent in writing to the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mildred Creak Unit. We accept referrals from Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists in Tier 3 CAMHS services, and also from Consultant Paediatricians within Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Dr Jon Goldin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, is happy to discuss cases on the telephone prior to the decision to refer. We have a fortnightly referral meeting, where referrals are discussed by our team and a senior team member is allocated to liaise with the referrer.

If the referral is for a patient with an eating disorder, it should be addressed to Dr Dasha Nicholls, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Team, in the first instance.

For more information, read our Information for referrers guide.

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:

Dr Jon Goldin
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Mildred Creak Unit
Telephone number: 020 7405 9200, Ext 5518