Mental-health emergency visits rise in Gero

Geraldton Guardian
Geraldton Hospital.
Camera IconGeraldton Hospital.

Geraldton Hospital has seen the State’s third highest increase of people presenting at the Emergency Department looking to address mental health issues.

According to Health Department figures, 125 people presented at Geraldton’s ED for mental health reasons in 2018, compared with only 74 people who presented the previous year.

The 51-person increase is the biggest spike in country WA, trumped only by metropolitan hospitals St John of God Midland and Joondalup Health Campus, which have seen increases of 80 and 56 people respectively.

The uptick in presentations at Geraldton Hospital is part of a year-on-year increase since 2015, when 55 mentally unwell people visited the ED and 67 people attended the year after.

Other hospitals in population-dense areas have seen a downward trend in mental health-related emergency department presentations, including a 147 to 78 decrease at Peel Health Campus, a 35-24 reduction at Royal Perth Hospital and a 1474 to 628 drop at the former Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital.

Geraldton Hospital is thought to have the second busiest emergency department outside of Perth, with 30,149 presentations recorded in 2018.

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