A new low dependency psychological health system will result in a further 10 beds added to the Canberra Medical facility as part of a $10 million ward upgrade.
The task, which has been funded by the federal government’s community health and hospitals program, is anticipated to be finished by the middle of 2021.
Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury stated the included beds would assist the hospital handle a boost in demand for psychological health services.
” The [ward] 12 B Low Dependence Unit will lower waiting times for psychological health clients and improve access to specialised and individual interventions, minimizing healing time and length of remain in healthcare facility,” Mr Rattenbury stated.
” These extra beds will also improve client circulation throughout the system, reducing pressure on severe and sub-acute inpatient beds.”
The clinical director of adult severe mental health services at Canberra Healthcare facility, Dr Florian Wertenauer, said a multidisciplinary team would staff the brand-new low reliance unit.
The system would support individuals with a series of psychiatric discussions, consisting of psychosis and state of mind disorders, in addition to crisis admissions, with an average stay length imagined to be in between 10 and 14 days, he stated.
” Where an individual may require a more extensive treatment program or for example are at a higher danger of harm to themselves or others, then the existing adult psychological health system at Canberra Healthcare facility would be better,” Dr Wertenauer stated.
Mental health presentations at the Canberra Medical facility emergency situation department have increased because the start of the coronavirus pandemic, putting additional strain on a currently stretched department.
Mr Rattenbury said there had been a 68 per cent development in emergency department presentations to the adult psychological health system in the past five years.
” Ultimately, we expect to see improved patient results through faster admission and access to the mental health services that the patient requires,” he said.
Mr Rattenbury said the ACT government was also updating the adult psychological health system to permit higher flexibility in accessing high dependency beds.
Between July 2019 and completion of February, 3.1 patients were confessed each day usually to the adult mental health unit at Canberra Healthcare facility, up from 2.4 in 2018-19
The ward refurbishment will contribute to the 97 mental health system beds currently offered in ACT public hospitals.
Dr Wertenauer stated the brand-new unit would allow for faster treatment times and decreased wait times in the emergency department.
” Having a brand-new low reliance system in a separate area at the Canberra Health center will enable the multidisciplinary group to produce a healing environment that can supply more tailored treatment approaches for individuals,” he stated.
” Co-location within the medical facility will facilitate cooperation with medical and surgical units, which will be of advantage to a variety of our customers.”
ACT Health validated last month it expected a greater need for mental health services as a direct result of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has actually been extensively expected to have a significant and ongoing effect on community mental health.