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Chelmsford and its aftermath

  • John Ellard
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In mid-1963, Dr Harry Richard Bailey admitted a patient to Chelmsford, a small private hospital in a north-western suburb of Sydney. Between then and April 1979 he, and subsequently a handful of associates, treated a large number of patients with deep sedation, often combined with ECT. The patients' diagnoses included schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and drug addiction; nothing suggests that the diagnosis and the treatment had any particular connection. Records exist for some 1,100 patients, 24 of whom died as a consequence of the treatment; 16 of them were under the age of 50. Others suffered brain damage, convulsions, delirium, pneumonia, hallucinations, cardiac irregularities, abscesses, urinary tract infections, fractures, and other complications.

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John Ellard is Chairman of the general psychiatric practice at the Northside Clinic, Sydney, Chairman of the Board of Practice Standards and Chairman of the Clinical Practice Advisory Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Chariman of the Medical Committee constituted under the Poisons Act of 1966. He is Editor of Modern Medicine of Australia and a member of the New South Wales Psychologists Registration Board. He is also Consultant in Psychiatry to the Health Insurance Commission.

In the past he has been Chairman of the Board of Accreditation of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Censor of that College for many years. He was Senior Psychiatrist at the Royal North Shore Hospital and Senior Consultant in Psychiatry to the Royal Australian Air Force. He was also Chairman of the Law Foundation of New South Wales and a Commissioner of Corrective Services in that State.

He has published a book and many articles on psychiatry and related topics.

He is a Member of the Order of Australia.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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