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Chapter 33 - Reflections on Managing Infectious Diseases in Mental Health Units

from Section 4 - Responses to Meet the Mental Health Needs of People Affected by Emergencies, Major Incidents, and Pandemics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2024

Richard Williams
University of South Wales
Verity Kemp
Independent Health Emergency Planning Consultant
Keith Porter
University of Birmingham
Tim Healing
Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London
John Drury
University of Sussex
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This chapter describes the approach of one mental health service to addressing the needs of inpatients who subsequently developed COVID-19. It describes the methods used to assess the needs of patients, including changes necessary to allow for their physical healthcare as well as their mental healthcare, and the difficulties encountered in ensuring an appropriate balance that protected patients and their healthcarers. The need for ongoing assessment and adaptation of responses and for consideration of long-term impacts is also discussed.

Major Incidents, Pandemics and Mental Health
The Psychosocial Aspects of Health Emergencies, Incidents, Disasters and Disease Outbreaks
, pp. 247 - 251
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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