The Psychiatric Emergency Program provides the residents of the North Shore and surrounding areas with access to prompt psychiatric assessments through the Emergency Department at Lions Gate Hospital.

How to access

  • Get a referral

    The emergency physician oversees all admissions to the Emergency Department. The on-call psychiatrist is available by pager for consults.

Hours of operation

Currently open

We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Talk to the unit before visiting to determine the best time for your visit and what you should do when you arrive.

Parking & Transportation

​Paid visitor parking is available in the hospital parkade on 15th Street, east of St. Georges Avenue.

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The program also expedites the care and appropriate triaging of psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department. Additionally, it provides a nursing liaison among the Inpatient Psychiatric Services, the Emergency Department and the appropriate community resources.

The Psychiatric Emergency Program acts as Admission Co-ordinator to Magnolia House as designated and on weekends.

More about this service

Lions Gate Hospital (LGH)

​Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) provides a full range of general and many specialized acute care services, including general medicine, emergency and critical care, general surgery, orthopedics, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatry, chemotherapy, cardiac care, diagnostics, nuclear medicine, palliative care, rehabilitative services and neurosurgery.

Psychiatric Crisis & Emergency Services

Psychiatric emergency units provide a brief stay for the assessment, stabilization and treatment for people experiencing a psychiatric/mental health crisis.