"Mental Health care"
About: Geraldton Hospital / Emergency Department Geraldton Hospital Emergency Department Geraldton 6530
Posted by merry47 (as ),
My teenage relative has presented to Geraldton Regional hospital twice recently with suicidal issues.
The first time they were seen by the doctor in emergency, admitted to the ward and in the morning was seen by a mental health practitioner who discharged them with no follow-up.
The next day, they presented to GRH emergency having cut themselves badly on both arms and legs. This time, they were given a medication and told to take when they were anxious, not, I feel, the best idea for a drug-dependent child, and to see mental health today.
My relative has now been to mental health and was told they have to see a GP for further medication. No follow up was suggested. They are unable to get a GP appointment for at least 10 days.
In my opinion, the lack of treatment and follow-up for this young person is disgraceful. They live on their own and tell me that they admitted to the doctors of their drug use.
Where is the care? I would have thought that a suicidal teen should have been admitted for at least 36-72 hrs for assessment and follow up.