Beds boost mental health treatment
A NEW private mental health unit will welcome its first patients in Rockhampton today.
Hillcrest Rockhampton chief executive Tracey Wust says the 12 bed unit is a response to "an overbearing need" for mental health services in the region.
Built at a cost of $900,000 by Ramsay Health Care, the Archerview Clinic at the Hillcrest is the only private mental health facility between Brisbane and Cairns.
Ms Wust said the clinic would provide treatment for private health insurance patients with a range of disorders including mood and anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.
"Put simply there is an overbearing need for the service and the area the clinic will serve, from Mackay and Longreach to Bundaberg, is home to 700,000 people," she said.
Archerview Clinic has four admitting psychiatrists serving the unit and a workforce of specialised mental health clinical staff headed by Trish Donohue, the nurse unit manager.
In addition to 12 bedrooms, the unit has three consulting rooms, a dining area and a patient lounge.
Ms Wust said the company was commited to developing the clinic and there were plans for a second expansion in about 18 months with the possibility of working with the public sector.