"ED at Flinders and the Morier Ward at Noarlunga Public Hospital"

About: Flinders Medical Centre / Emergency Department Noarlunga Public Hospital / Primary care mental health

(as a parent/guardian),

When my daughter was taken to ED with a mental health problem she was admitted as an inpatient after being seen by a psychiatric Dr. The problem started when there were no inpatient beds so she stayed in ED from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon, when she was transferred to Morier Ward at Noarlunga Hospital.

From what I saw at no time while in ED did nursing staff talk much to her, not even to ask if she needed to go to the toilet or shower. As she was detained she had a guard and in my opinion they and her visitors treated her better.

I was disgusted with the care at Morier Ward. ED at least is an emergency service but Morier is a dedicated Mental Health Ward and the staff we saw seemed to do nothing to help patients. It was like entering the movie 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest', with patients appearing to be walking aimlessly around and the staff behind a counter and I saw no interaction. I thought people were sent to these facilities to get help but I think this treatment is guaranteed to distress even more.

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