Under a scheme titled, NHS Lothian, valued at £1.6 million, many psychiatric patients will receive treatment in their own homes, raising hopes of better treatment outcomes.
Two teams comprising 18 professionals in each team will provide treatment in the areas of north and south Edinburgh. This is a positive move, according to health chiefs, as it means better quality of care for patients.
Nearly £700,000 has been spent by The NHS Lothian scheme, to spruce up mental healthcare so that people can avail specialist treatment without having to be admitted, cutting undue delay in providing medical assistance. Further, the prognosis is better when patients receive care and support in their own homes, which will also help them recover faster. This will help avoid relapse of their condition, experts believe.
Tim Montgomery, director of operations at the Royal Edinburgh, said: "Today, if people become unwell there are few options available to us to support them at home. If it's felt for their own safety and others it is best for them to come into hospital then they will do, but from October there will be the alternative of supporting them safely in their own homes."
Lorna Martin, chief nurse at the Royal Edinburgh, said: "Most of what they will do is what's called talking therapies - listening to the patients, talking and engaging with individuals and their relatives. This often takes time and this initiative will give staff the time to engage fully in people's own homes."