The Hanover and District Hospital has sent a strongly worded letter to the South West LHIN (Local Health Integration Network).
The Hospital is sounding the alarm over lack of mental health services in the region.
Hospital President and CAO Katrina Wilson says mental health and addictions continues to be a grave concern for Hanover’s ER.She says as a small rural hospital HDH can no longer accept complacency on this very important matter.
From the systems continuum, Wilson says there is a critical need to look at ancillary Mental Health Services and work with those programs to bump up services in the communities.
Wilson says the LHIN needs to develop a system flow plan for Form one Mental Health patients in the Emergency Departments of rural hospitals that do not offer mental health/psychiatry as a specialty.
Wilson adds Grey Bruce is grossly under served with mental health beds.
There are 12 hospitals in Grey Bruce “feeding” ONE mental health unit in Grey Bruce Regional Health Services that has limited capacity.
She says everyone needs access to timely mental health services.