The PECC is a specialist short stay mental health unit co-located in the Emergency Department (ED). It has four beds and is similar to a small ward.

The length of stay in the PECC is up to 48 hours, providing an opportunity for assessment, close observation, and treatment to support clinical stabilisation.

The staff in the PECC are also responsible for managing and allocating all out of hours referrals to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai adult Mental Health Service, in conjunction with the Acute Care Team. Follow up on discharge from this unit is provided by the Acute Care Team.



Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis who would benefit from a short period of intensive support to help stabilise their mental health.


People access this service via presentation at the Emergency Department. People can refer themselves, or be referred by a treating clinician, such as their GP, private mental health clinician or care coordinator.

Urgent cases

Phone 000 and request ambulance, and if needed, police.

Visiting hours

Visiting hours are from 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 8pm every day.

Patients and visitors are asked to avoid bringing some items into the mental health inpatient unit. These include valuables and contraband items. Contraband items include anything that can be used as a weapon or means to harm a person, such as razors, metal blades and lighters. People may be searched by staff if there is reasonable suspicion that they have weapons, prohibited items, drugs or other contraband on them.

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HOPE Building (Building 50),
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital,
Palmerston Rd, Hornsby, NSW 2077

Finding Us: The PECC is located within the Emergency Department. The easiest access to the HOPE building is from Palmerston Road.

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Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
Centre direct number: 02 9477 9091