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Psychiatry should be 24/7

Up to 24/7 Psychiatry in Acute Care
September 29. 2011
Colin White

We currently do not have a system which incorporates regular reviews. A new pathway in development is likely to recommend that a senior psychiatric view occurs within 72hrs. In North Wales, they are moving to a model with 2 consultants on-call, on who is effectively on a shift, who will review all new admissions over the phone each day, and there is an expectation that most of them will be seen, either face to face or teleconferencing.

In my opinion patient safety and quality of care improves with 24hr reviews, and also helps us to be MHA and HRA compliant.

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