We are a fully accredited mental health hospital and provide a range of inpatient services. For information on how to be admitted, please see the Admission Process.
To be admitted, you will need to be under the care of one of our psychiatrists. During your admission, your psychiatrist will see you nearly daily to assess and review your treatment and progress. Your psychiatrist will:
- Assess your current and past mental health
- Provide a diagnosis
- Review and prescribe medications; and other treatments (eg rTMS)
- Provide clinical governance and management of your inpatient care
- Frequently review your Treatment Recovery Plan with you and the multi-disciplinary team.
Mental Health Program
To maximise the benefit of your inpatient stay, you are required to attend the various psychotherapy groups that have been designed to address mental health related issues. Groups are provided daily for at least 3 hours during which you are provided with the opportunity to:
- Understand mental health illnesses
- Recognise symptoms so that in future, assistance can be sought earlier
- Learn strategies to manage symptoms of mental health illnesses
- Share and learn from others with shared experiences
- Gain constructive feedback from supportive staff and peers
On discharge it’s recommended that you consider attending our outpatient Day Programs which have been designed to provide ongoing support and prevent relapse.
Art therapy is incorporated into the group programs mentioned above. This therapy allows you to explore some of your troubling emotions and address these directly.
Research has demonstrated the importance of exercise with assisting recovery of mental health conditions. We have an exercise physiologist who is available to discuss any personal needs you might have regarding exercise and can provide a personalised exercise program for you to use here (we have a gym) and at home.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a modern, non-invasive, therapy for treatment resistant depression and anxiety. It has been extensively researched over the past 20-30 years and shown to be an effective treatment for mental health conditions. No sedation or anaesthesia is required. rTMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the cerebral hemisphere (frontal lobe) over a course of 20-40 treatments. It affects brain plasticity during this time and can reduce severity of symptoms.
The treatment takes place in a tranquil room with a comfortable chair. You sit still under a magnetic device which stimulates the part of the brain that controls mood. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes in total and occurs daily for a number of weeks (the number of treatments required vary for each patient).
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has been around since the 1930s after it was noticed that when people had seizures, they had temporary relief from their mental health symptoms. ECT has since had a plethora of research showing its efficacy for treating severe mental health conditions. ECT works by passing an electrical current through the brain to trigger a seizure. These days, patients receive a full anaesthesia and muscle relaxant prior to the treatment. ECT is usually administered when all other forms of treatment have been exhausted (eg psychotherapy, antidepressants, rTMS).
Admission to Archerview Clinic: What to Expect
You will receive a phone call from the Nurse Unit Manager to collect your health fund details and to conduct a triage assessment. You will be asked to complete an online admission form.
On the day of admission:
- You will be greeted by nursing staff and our ward clerk. You will be asked to complete a small amount of administrative paperwork and then you will be shown to your room.
- You will have a single room with an ensuite bathroom.
- Nursing staff will check your belongings for unsafe items such as razors, mirrors or tweezers and will remove these items and any medications you have. These items will stored securely in our utility room and you are able to access them as required. Nursing staff will administer your medications to you at the appropriate times.
- Power cords from all your devices will be removed and will undergo an electrical safety check. These items will be returned to you promptly. Nursing staff will inform you if any items fail this check, then they are unable to be used during your stay but will be stored in the utility room.
Other things to note:
- Patients are not permitted to drive while at Archerview Clinic. Please consider getting a lift or asking a relative to collect your car. Car keys will be collected and stored securely in the utility room.
- Your admitting doctor and the ward medical officer will review you within 24 hours of admission to the ward.
- Nursing staff will complete a Treatment Recovery Care Plan with you and your carer (if applicable), this will be reviewed minimally on a weekly basis.
- Group therapy is our primary therapy method and once you have been cleared for Group Therapy by your doctor, it is expected that you will attend all sessions as per the schedule.
- Currently, patients are not permitted day leave except to attend medical appointments.
- Clinic visiting hours: Each patient can have two visitors per day, after 2pm and for a maximum of six hours.
What to Bring
- Current Medications and Scripts – if your medications are in a Webster pack/ roll, please organise the original boxed medications to be delivered for your admission.
- Comfortable day clothes, pyjamas, toiletries, comfortable joggers for exercise programs. Laundry facilities are available.
- Books, magazine, knitting or crocheting, laptop or tablet. Wifi is available.
- Medical devices such as CPAP machines.
What Not to Bring
- Glass, cans or plastic bags. Hairdryers, hair straighteners or any heating generating devices. Coat hangers must be plastic. No power boards or extension cords.
- Drugs or alcohol, knives or other items that are deemed potentially dangerous.
- Excessive amounts of craft/ hobbies supplies or clothing.
Nursing staff will provide you with an Admission Booklet at time of admission, this will provide you with further information. Should you have any additional questions prior to your admission, please contact Archerview Clinic on (07) 4932 1140.