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Mental Health services proposal focused on patient care

Friday 11 January 2019Health news2 minutes to read

Please attribute to Dr Cameron Lacey, Clinical Director Mental Health – West Coast District Health Board

In response to recent media coverage about our internal Mental Health services proposal, we would like to reassure our patients and their families/whanau that mental health services are not being ‘axed’.

It is important that from time to time we review our services to confirm that we are providing the best possible care to the West Coast community. The focus of the current proposal is to ensure that we have strong teams in place which support our goal of delivering robust community-based rural mental health services across the Coast including crisis response. This means that people presenting in crisis will be more likely to be seen closer to home and receive better continuity of care.

The proposed changes will improve the equity and access to our crisis response services, provide stronger more visible community and district-wide services, enable us to have greater capability and capacity to provide 24/7 mental health services and provide an opportunity for improved staff well-being and satisfaction.

In everything we do, our people receiving treatment and care and wellbeing support remain the focus of our care model. With these proposed changes we are confident that we will be better placed to maintain a sustainable workforce which will help improve service delivery as well as make the best use of our available resources.



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