Caloundra Private Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Inpatient Services

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. Please use these links to find out more about our hospital facilities or useful information for patients.

Psychiatric Care

To be admitted, you will need to be under the care of one of our psychiatrists. As a private patient you can choose who you want as your treating psychiatrist.

During your admission, your psychiatrist will see you nearly daily to assess and review your treatment and progress. Your psychiatrist will:

  • Assessment 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
  • Provide continuation of care in the community with outpatient appointments at their clinic

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 both mental health and alcohol and drug 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 CBT Day Program which has been designed to provide ongoing support and prevent relapse.

Alcohol and Drug Program

This is a two week program which starts once your detox (if required) is complete. It is designed to assist you to stop substance misuse and includes:

  • Psychoeducation about substance use
  • Strategies to strengthen motivation to change
  • How to cope with cravings and triggers
  • Managing depression and anxiety

Your psychiatrist may consider your moving to the Mental Health ward once you have completed the Alcohol and Drug Program to further work on any underlying mental health issues.

On discharge it’s recommended that you consider attending the outpatient Alcohol and Drug Day Program which is specifically designed to prevent relapse.

Social Workers

Social workers are available to provide holistic support to you around any of your social support needs. These areas of support may include housing, domestic violence, parenting and carer support, finances, aged care needs, social isolation and community connections. All support is tailored to your individual needs in the comfort and safety of your own room.

Sensory Room

Growing evidence has shown the effectiveness of sensory modulation to help with emotional regulation associated with acute mental illness12–15. We have implemented a sensory room with weighted blankets, specialised sensory tools and a massage chair to help with emotional regulation which can decrease reliance on medications. Most of these sensory strategies can be implemented in your home in a variety of different ways after you are discharged. To access this treatment, you will be assessed by one of our trained clinicians.

Art Therapy

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. There is also an art room on each ward which you are free to use for individual / self directed art outside of group therapy times.

Exercise

Research has demonstrated the importance of exercise with assisting recovery of mental health conditions16–21. We have a gymnasium and have a personal trainer who conducts two 45 minute exercise programs each morning. She is available to discuss any personal needs you might have regarding exercise and can provide a personalised exercise program for you to use at home. We also encourage our patients to use the gym in the afternoons/evenings for self-directed exercise.

rTMS

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a modern, safe, 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 conditions22–29. The advantage of this treatment for patients is that it is non-invasive. 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 time30 and reduces the 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).

We offer rTMS mainly as an inpatient service, however there are options to have this as an outpatient. Please discuss this with your treating psychiatrist or the Patient Services Manager.

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ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has been around since the 1930’s after it was noticed that when people had seizures, they had temporary relief from their mental health symptoms31. ECT has since had a plethora of research showing its efficacy for treating severe mental health conditions32–34. 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).

We run ECT as either an inpatient or outpatient three days a week. For the inpatient treatment, your psychiatrist will explain this with you including the risks vs benefits of this treatment. For more information on ECT, please review our booklet on this: