Geriatric Psychiatry Assessment Unit

What we do

This is an inpatient unit to serve clients over the age of 65 who require assessment, treatment, and diagnoses for a new onset of a psychiatric illness or new onset of cognitive decline. The unit also provides assessment and treatment for clients of any age who have a diagnosed dementia with challenging psychiatric or behavioral symptoms. This unit is sometimes referred to as the East 2A.

Our team

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatry residents
  • Medical doctor (general practitioner)
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Personal care attendants
  • Social worker
  • Social work assistants
  • Occupational therapist
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Recreational therapist
  • Recreation therapy workers
  • Dietician
  • Discharge liaison nurse

How to access this service

Clients can be admitted to East 2A in the following ways:

  • Via Waterford hospital’s emergency room (psychiatric assessment unit)
  • Direct admission via psychiatrist outpatient clinics
  • Referrals completed by outpatient psychiatrist, family doctor, or nurse practitioner are sent to the geriatric psychiatry referral coordinator. Clients requiring inpatient stay will be placed on a waitlist for East 2A admission. The average wait times is two to three weeks.

Where we are

Geriatric Psychiatry Assessment Unit – East 2A
Waterford Hospital
306 Waterford Bridge Rd.
St. John’s, NL
A1E 4J8

Hours of operation

24 hours, seven days a week

How to reach us

Telephone: 709-777-3517

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Last updated: 2020-06-01