Mental Health Inpatient Unit

We have a new space and a new name. The Department of Psychiatry has moved to the new K Block at the Royal Hobart Hospital and is now named the Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

Download printable brochure: Welcome to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit - guide for consumers, family and friends

Mental Health Inpatient Unit, K Block, Royal Hobart Hospital

Reception for Mental Health Inpatient Unit (MHIU) is K Block Level 2 West.

UnitContact  phone
K2W MHIU (lower acuity)03 6166 7371
K3W MHIU (medium acuity)03 6166 8806
K3W HDU (high acuity) 03 6166 8123

An individual may be referred to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit as a voluntary patient or involuntary patient.

All care is provided in line with the Tasmanian Mental Health Act 2013

Information and fact sheets on the Mental Health Act 2013 for consumers, carers and support

About Us

The Mental Health Inpatient Unit is an acute inpatient mental health service located in K block of the Royal Hobart Hospital.

We provide inpatient treatment for individuals who require 24 hour specialist mental health care in a safe and secure environment.


On arrival staff will show people around their unit including the lounge room and activities room.

Information about the Unit including an admission guide and bedroom guide are provided to each person on admission. Nurses are available to discuss and answer any questions.

There are three levels of care provided which are specific to individual mental health needs. These are K2W (lower acuity), K3W (medium acuity) and K3W HDU (high acuity).

Our programs include the Safewards program which supports people at the Unit, and family and carers, as well as staff to work together to make the Unit safer for everyone.

Inpatient care

Care is provided by a treating team with specialist skills:

Medical Staff: including psychiatric consultants, registrars and medical officers.

Nursing Staff: working three separate shifts (morning, afternoon and night).
The nursing team will introduce themselves at the beginning of their shift.

Nursing Staff are available 24 hours a day.

Allied Health Professionals: we have psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and diversional therapists. People who wish to speak with an allied health worker can ask their nurse or speak with them directly.

The Unit is also supported by ward aides and cleaners.

Unit Routine

There are set times each day for team handover and meals or refreshments.  

Doctors rounds vary each day, generally after 10:00 am.

People are involved in their care planning as much as possible and their care is review by their treating team regularly.

A ward program operates across the Unit with input from diversional therapy and visiting services.

To promote safety: all patients at the Mental Health Inpatient Unit are required to wear an ID band. Each person is also provided with a swipe card for access to their bedroom.
Each bedroom and en suite bathroom are fitted with a nurse call system for urgent assistance.

Restricted Items: various Items are not allowed in the Unit including tobacco, lighters and e-cigarettes. To ensure the safety of everyone your property will be searched on admission and at any time if staff have concerns. Items that may cause harm will be removed.

Fees: may apply if a patient has been receiving care for more than 35 days within the Tasmanian Health Service and are no longer acutely unwell. If fees do apply our staff with talk with the patient, family or financial contact to discuss the details and assist with arrangements.


Leave from the unit will be discussed as part of each persons treatment plan.

Everyone can apply for leave and leave is negotiated with each treating team. Leave, when approved, will usually be given between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.


Visiting hours are from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Visitors are usually restricted to close family or support people. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

A time limit may apply to visits and the number of visitors may also be limited.

People who have been recently discharged from the Mental Health Inpatient Unit are not permitted to visit with people currently in the Unit.

Useful contact numbers

Advocacy Tasmania1800 005 131
Mental Health Official Visitors Program1800 001 170
Legal Aid Tasmania1300 366 611

Have Your Say

We encourage people who use our services, family and carers to talk to staff if you wish to provide feedback or ask for a feedback form to provide us with a compliment, suggestion or complaint.
For more details on how to provide feedback please refer to our guide to providing feedback.