In my experience multiple patients, fully assessed by psychiatrists as needing an acute mental health bed, spend many days stuck in the emergency department as no suitable mental health beds are available. Their condition appears to get worse due to noise, continuous light, and little opportunity to sleep. They have to be watched by security guards and or shackled when they are a danger to staff or themselves. I think this is distressing for staff and horrendous for these patients.
The behaviour of these patients -as a result of their acute mental illness- can be, in my opinion, disruptive and distressing for other patients
"Mental Health Care (Lyell McEwin Hospital ED)"
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