One of the state’s newest dedicated triage and assessment centres for those seeking urgent mental health care has been officially opened at Nepean Hospital.
The triage and assessment centre (TAC) sees people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which helps reduce demand on the hospital’s emergency department.
“The centre is staffed with highly skilled nurses, doctors and other health professionals, who can not only assess the patient, but work with them on a health plan and, if required, admit them for in-hospital care,” Mental Health Minister and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said at the May 16 opening.
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District general manager of mental health, Cathy Crowe, said the purpose built facility began operating in February this year.
“Importantly we also have peer workers on site to help guide and support our patients. Our peer workers have all previously received mental health care and have personal insight that is very helpful to our patients,” Ms Crowe said.
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said people could go directly to the TAC without attending the emergency department if they didn’t require urgent medical care for physical injuries or other serious physical health conditions.
“The TAC is dedicated to delivering compassionate and responsive mental health care for those who need it most, day or night,” Mr Ayres said in a statement.
“People can walk into the centre without an appointment or be brought to the centre by family, friends, ambulance paramedics, and other emergency services.”
The new TAC is part of the multi-million dollar mental health building on the Nepean Hospital campus.
“This unique service promises to help thousands of people to access urgent mental health care more easily,” Mrs Davies said.
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