Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Psychiatric Emergency Care

The Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) commenced operations in November 2005 and is imbedded within the Emergency Department which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

The Emergency Psychiatry Staff work in unison with the General Emergency team and maintain strong links with Community Mental Health Teams, General Practitioners and Non-Government Agencies to deliver quality, timely and appropriate care for all people who arrive in Emergency with mental health and or behavioural problems.

The PECC, with a six bed specialist unit sits on a service continuum that aims to avoid prolonged hospital admission and/or premature discharge into the community. The focus of its philosophy is to provide a continuing detailed assessment and deliver therapeutic interventions over a 1-2 day period, ensuring a rapid return to community or family care with an optimum level of functioning.
Psychiatric Emergency Care
St Vincent's Mental Health Service
299 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
T: 02 8382 1111
 If you need emergency help over the holidays, please call the following:
Emergency – 000*
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Kids HelpLine – 1800 55 1800
Mensline- 1300 789 978
Health direct -  1800 022 222 (24/7 Health advice)

Mental Health - 1800 676 822 (24/7 Psychiatric emergency)
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

* If you are using a mobile phone and 000 doesn't work, you can call 112 to access the Emergency Call Service.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment and can access a TTY (teletypewriter), call 106 for the text-based Emergency Call Service.

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