Community hospitals inundated with Psychiatric care cases (12%)

by Medindia Content Team on  December 21, 2005 at 4:05 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
Community hospitals inundated with Psychiatric care cases (12%)
Public health hospitals are flooded with patients with psychiatric disorders. The number of patients attending the public hospitals has increased by 12% in the past 4 years.

This shows us that people are in need of psychiatric health facilities.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics the number of patients attending to specialized psychiatric hospitals decreased by 5%.

But the pressure on the public hospitals is so high that they will not be able to provide proper treatments. This increased number of patients is due to the bad services provided by the community level hospitals.

Very severe cases of mental illness should be provided special care.

Clinicians also tell that it is impossible for them to provide out of the hospital services to these patients today than they were twelve years ago.

Previously doctors would provide treatment to the patients in the clinician's home. This facilitated the doctor to have a close eye on the patient and would provide medical help if the patient's health worsened.

But it is very difficult now in the community mental health services. It also lacked enough well qualified staff to provide the services.

As a result of increase pressure for more beds and staffs the clinicians discharge the patients before they are completely cured. Due to this there arises a necessity for the patients to be readmitted.

There is an increase in the psychiatric cases recently due to the increased usage of recreational drug.

Community mental health care services can be continued only if they are able to treat the critically ill patients thoroughly. But on the other hand the community hospital officials say that there are 5 million cases of mentally ill health care services provided to the patients.

But details on this are still not available. They have said that full details will be provided in the near future about the treatment the patient has undergone, the time of stay etc.


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