Intensive care patients under a hospital order

Patients on the hospital order intensive care unit have been placed under a hospital order by a court. Due to the problems they are experiencing, it is impossible to treat these patients on an ordinary ward for persons under a hospital order.

In many cases the patient will not benefit sufficiently from a group-oriented approach and will disrupt the group process as a result of his or her behaviour. This will be detrimental to other patients and his or her own treatment. In such situations there is a considerable risk to the well-being and safety of both the individual and his or her environment.

Here we are talking about patients with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and drug-induced psychosis, patients with personality disorders, patients with a slight intellectual disability and patients with an autistic disorder. Veldzicht admits both men and women to this ward.

Our intensive care units A and B can accommodate 12 patients who would benefit more from individual treatment. The approach focuses on reducing the immediate risk, stabilising the patient and working towards a situation in which he or she can function under a normal regime within a forensic hospital.

A number of patients will spend a long time at Veldzicht, as there is a high risk of escape or uncontrollability. Some patients within the hospital order intensive care unit are allowed to leave the confines of the centre under supervision and therefore go outside the secure ring of the Veldzicht site.

Would you like to find out more about the hospital order (TBS)?TBS Nederland is an initiative organised by the forensic psychiatric centres and hospitals in the Netherlands. On this site you will find information (in Dutch) about the hospital order and how the issues of treatment and security are handled within the framework of such measures.