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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hanover Hospital Wants Better Mental Health Care

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

The Hospital is sounding the alarm over lack of mental health services in the region.

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.

Wilson says past phone calls and letters to the Southwest LHIN to address these ongoing challenges have gone without resolution.

More importantly, Wilson says very sick mentally ill patients are not getting the care they deserve. (Some end up in ER for days )

She says mental health and addiction challenges in the ER is becoming an all too often daily occurrences which is a huge challenge for staff.

It has become so bad that Wilson says physicians are threatening to quit doing ER call and staff report feeling unsafe.

Wilson says the Hospital has had on occasion more security and police in the ER than actual staff.

Safety concern are so high that the Hanover and District Hospital now contracts security service from a private firm to ensure patient and staff safety.

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.

See Also: Mental Health ER Visits On Rise In Hanover

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.


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