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"MHOA Services"

About: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital / Emergency Department

(as the patient),

I presented to ED at Sir Charles Gardiner recently after another hospital forcibly discharged me (even though I was there due to a suicide attempt and had further harmed myself on the ward).

I was swiftly seen by a nurse, I do not know his name, and he was absolutely incredible and deserves to be recognised for his incredible interview skills, compassion and understanding of my thoughts/feelings.

Following this, a mental health nurse came into the ED and explained that he was getting me a bed in MHOA (mental health observation area) and that they were just waiting for a bed to be available. I was in a bed in MHOA around 2 hours after first presenting to ED.

The MHOA staff were amazing. They dressed my wounds, gave me some medications to help with the voices/intense thoughts and desires to injure myself. When I was in a dissociation crisis, one of the nurses helped me to breathe through it and held my hand as I cried. She was wonderful.

The next day, one particular nurse worked so hard to find me a bed in a psych ward for admission to help me. She was incredible in explaining my options and talking me through things.

I would like to shout out to James who was %%%%ing incredible with my care and just generally looked after me very well. 

The food at MHOA was also decent.


Response from Roslyn Elmes, Executive Director, Mental Health, Public Health & Dental Services, North Metropolitan Health Service

Dear NeededHelp1

Many thanks for sharing your experience at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Mental Health Observation Area (SCGH MHOA). It is such a pleasure to hear that interactions between staff and yourself were professional and caring throughout your journey and that this left you with such a positive impression of the service that we provide.

Thank you sincerely for your positive comments regarding the support that James has provided to you. James is recognised for the excellent care and support that he has provided.

I will ensure that your compliments are passed on to the staff at the SCGH MHOA.

Thank you once again.

Kind Regards,

Roslyn Elmes, Executive Director, Mental Health, Public Health & Dental Services, North Metropolitan Health Service

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