Depot Clinics or ‘Moderate Clinics’ tend to be similar. They are usually regarded as ‘low priority’ and often staffed by clinical assistants with only a limited training in psychiatry. Typically a large number of patients turn up each week, and there is little time for a detailed assessment of their needs. The clinic is often seen as ‘a chore’ by medical and nursing staff who may feel that the long-term care and support of patients with chronic disabling illnesses lacks excitement. One gains the impression that the patients with the less attractive personalities or those presenting repetitive management problems are more likely to be referred.
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