Patients with acute mental illness will have access to state-of-the art facilities and services after the official opening today of a new $31 million mental health unit (MHU) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the service would provide tertiary acute mental health inpatient services to adults aged 18-64 years in a modern, safe and secure environment.
Staffed by specialist multi-disciplinary teams, the MHU will offer a greater range of treatment options for adult mental health patients needing acute care, through a strong academic and research-based focus.
Mrs Morton said the new MHU replaced the existing mental health ward at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and would accommodate up to 30 patients in 18 open and 12 secure beds. It would provide about 700 admissions for specialised care each year.
"This new facility will mean that a broader range of patients presenting to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital emergency department will be able to be admitted here compared to the ward it replaces. This will result in less frequent patient transfers to other sites and reduced average waiting times in the emergency department before being allocated a bed," she said.
"In addition to providing psychiatric liaison services to general health wards and the SCGH emergency department, the MHU will offer intensive day therapy programs focusing on rehabilitation and recovery strategies.
"There is an emphasis on incorporating contemporary practice in mental health care such as patient and carer peer support, as well as improving the integration of care between hospital and the community."
In 2015-16 an extra $30 million in capital funding will be invested in specialised mental health services, with new mental health units to open at the Midland Campus and Perth Children's Hospital. This comes after the recent opening of the 30-bed mental health unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital that will provide for 1,283 additional admissions a year.
Mental Health Unit is the latest project to be completed as part of the QEII Medical Centre Redevelopment
Since 2010 an additional 86 specialist mental health hospital beds introduced across WA, provides an additional 2,567 admissions per year
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