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"Church could be beneficial in Ipswich Mental Health Hospital."

About: Ipswich Hospital / Adult mental illness

(as the patient),

I recently spent some time in Ipswich Mental Health Hospital as an inpatient.

I feel that church would have been beneficial for me during my recovery as it focus on topics such as love and self control. I ask that a church service be introduced for those wishing to attend in the Ipswich Mental Health Hospital. Church offers both music, and words of encouragement, so I feel not only will it meet the needs of those desiring to attend, but will offer support to others who may attend casually.

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Response from West Moreton Health Service, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service 10 years ago
West Moreton Health Service
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service
Submitted on 29/01/2014 at 2:32 PM
Published on Care Opinion on 31/01/2014 at 10:48 AM

Dear Getting Better

Firstly, please accept our sincerest apologies for the delayed response time.

We value all of the feedback we receive and thank you for posting your suggestion of the addition of a church service specifically for our consumers recovering in our adult mental health ward.

Unfortunately not all of our patients are able to visit our Worship Centre for reflection and prayer.

However, Ipswich Hospital has a wonderful team of Chaplains from many different denominations who do perform a variety of services throughout the year.

Our Chaplains are available to all of our patients, consumers, families and carers upon request.

While a service is not currently offered in our Adult Mental Health Ward, Chaplains from Brisbane with specific training in mental health care do attend our Older Persons Mental Health Service for a weekly service which includes prayer and song, except during periods of leave.

Attendance at this service may be possible for consumers in the adult ward dependant on their treatment needs, so we would encourage all of our mental health consumers who feel attending a service like this would benefit them in their recovery to let their treating team know so they can discuss the options available.

We have shared your suggestion for a tailored service within our mental health ward with our Chaplaincy and Mental Health Service for their consideration when planning for future activities within the ward.

On behalf of everyone at Ipswich Hospital we hope you are well and wish you all the best for 2014.

Kind regards

Consumer Liaison Officer

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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