Institute of Psychiatry

Admission Information

Admission to the Institute of Psychiatry (IOP) is available 24 hours a day by calling 843-792-9888. On weekdays, your call will be connected to our triage counselors to assist you with the most appropriate disposition for your referral both in the IOP and surrounding areas based on bed availability and clinical need. After hours, weekends and holidays, the operator will page our psychiatry resident on call to assist you. Based on the circumstances, there are times when you will be directed to have the patient screened by a physician, therapist or in the nearest emergency room before an admission decision can be made.

At the time of the referral, you will be asked to provide the current clinical presentation that warrants inpatient level of care; current medications the patient is taking with drug name, dosage and frequency; any medical problems that may impact treatment or need stabilization; and any other safety concerns. You will be asked to provide patient identifying information, such as name, date of birth, social security number and emergency contact, as well as any insurance information that will allow us to verify benefits and pre-authorize the admission as required by the payer.

Visiting Hours:

1 North Acute Care Unit
12:00 – 8:00 p.m. seven days a week and limited to adult visitors only and to one visitor at a time, except by physician’s order. These limitations are for the safety of all patients, staff and visitors.

The Senior Care Unit (SCU)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays

2 North Child and Adolescent Unit 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 4:00-5:00 p.m., and 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays

3 North Adult General Unit
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. seven days a week

4 North Substance Abuse Unit
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays

Recommended items to bring to the hospital or to avoid:

Clothing: 3-4 sets of casual, comfortable, washable clothing; low heeled, rubber soled comfortable shoes such as tennis shoes that are appropriate for exercise when indicated; a sweater, jacket or coat depending on the weather and individual indoor comfort.

No shorts, tank tops or revealing clothing or clothing depicting drugs, violence or other inappropriate content are allowed. Washers and dryers are available on the units to launder clothing as needed.

Please label all items with the patient’s initials or last name. Please do not bring high heeled shoes, or expensive or dry-clean only clothing. 

Patients on 2N may also want to bring in a blanket, stuffed animal or other loved item.

Toiletries: Personal hygiene items normally used at home including hair dryer, curling iron, comb, hair brush, tooth brush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair gel or spray, electric or safety razor, etc. All items will be assessed by the staff for safety and may be held on the unit for patient use under observation. Items will be provided by the hospital as needed.

Medications: Please bring current medications taken by the patient. These medications will be returned to you to take home once reviewed by the staff on admission.  All medications will be prescribed by the physician and provided by the hospital, except when an outside medication is not available and a physician’s order is written to allow personal medications to be administered by the nurse.

Outside food: Patients and families are asked not to bring in outside food. The hospital provides three meals a day as well as snack items between meals. Foods kept by patients in rooms attract bugs to the unit.

Cigarettes and matches or lighters: MUSC is a No-Smoking hospital. Smoking is not allowed at any time.

Valuables: Patients are asked not to bring in jewelry, electronic equipment including radios, TV, boom box, tape player, VCR tapes, CDs, cameras, video games, cell phones, etc.; large sums of money or other valuable items. The hospital cannot be responsible for the safe keeping of such items kept by patients. Jewelry and money or other small valuables may be locked in the hospital safe until discharge as needed. Cameras, tape recorders and some other electronic devices may also pose breach of privacy issues and are therefore not allowed.

Contraband: No potentially dangerous items are allowed on the units such as glass items, knives, guns, mace, drugs including prescription or over the counter medications, etc. Some of these items, if found, must be turned over to the hospital security office until discharge. Others will be secured on the unit.

Medical Records: Please bring a copy of any medical records, MRI or CT scans or other recent test results or records from your primary physician or other treatment facility that you feel may be helpful to the assessment and treatment of our patients.

Download a PDF of patient-family information for adults or patient-family information for children and adolescents.


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