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"Mental health self harm follow up"

About: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital / Emergency Department

(as a friend),

My partner and I took a young person to Charles Gairdner Emergency recently on advice from lifeline that they have no family in WA and were self harming and we did not know what to do.

After admittance we were told they would be assessed, after around 4 hours and no real communication I approached the desk and I recall I was basically told go back and wait, 4hrs is not a lot others have waited longer (actually no one was still there from when we arrived). Probably, I believe, like other cases lately in the media I did not want to make a fuss so sat back down. Around an hour later the young person came out with some scripts. No one spoke to us, we could have had important information. We could have left and they were on their own in a foreign city.

I'm sorry, I know you guys get a lot of pressure as I have been in at 2am when the drunks and the druggies turn up  But really, is this how we seemingly treat people with serious mental health issues who are threatening to harm themselves, I believe, give them a script and push them out the door, what has society come to.

Responses

Response from NMHS Mental Health, Public Health and Dental Services last week
NMHS Mental Health, Public Health and Dental Services
Submitted on 13/10/2021 at 00:43
Published on Care Opinion at 09:50


Dear lynxnb77,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

I am very sorry to hear of your experience when taking a young person to Sir Charles Gairdner Emergency Department for care.

I would appreciate it if you would contact our Consumer Liaison Officer on telephone number 9242 9612, or email MHPHDS.CLS@health.wa.gov.au, as I would like to investigate this matter further.

I hope the young person is improving, and once again thank you for contacting us.

Kind regards,

Karen Kyriakou | A/Executive Director

Mental Health, Public Health and Dental Services
North Metropolitan Health Service

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