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Providing a primary care service for psychiatric in-patients

  • Enone Welthagen (a1), Sarah Talbot (a2), Oliver Harrison (a3) and Michael Phelan (a4)

Abstract

Aims and Method

A prospective descriptive study was set up to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and activity of an innovative weekly primary care service for patients admitted for acute psychiatric care.

Results

During 10 months, 36 clinics were held and 123 appointments were attended. Presenting complaints included a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, affecting all body systems. As well as treating specific complaints, the doctor providing this service undertook considerable health promotion work and gave advice about patient management to junior psychiatrists.

Clinical Implications

It appears that there is considerable need for primary care expertise within an acute psychiatric unit, and that a weekly clinic is a feasible model of care.

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