Psychiatric hospitals throughout the world have traditionally struggled with the challenge of minimising readmission rates after patients with a psychiatric diagnosis have been discharged.
Readmissions are disruptive to patients and their families, represent a considerable strain on hospital resources, and create a therapeutic vacuum.
From its inception, Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Wing has been dedicated to helping patients to return seamlessly to society, and to become integrated back into their community. In keeping with this ethos, and based on global best-practice for minimising readmission of psychiatric patients, Mayanei Hayeshua has developed its own timely and effective patient follow-up solution: The Psychiatric Post-Hospitalisation Monitoring Unit.
This unique monitoring unit ensures that adults and children who are discharged from the Mental Health Wing’s inpatient wards and Day Care Centre, benefit from appropriate and coordinated follow-up support services. The monitoring unit’s social workers visit discharged patients in their homes to make sure that the hospital’s rehabilitation protocols are fully adhered to.
The monitoring unit implements a range of techniques:
In the last week of November 2019, Professor Rael Strous, the South African-born medical director of Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Centre, and professor of psychiatry at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine, was in London for a busy round of meetings and events organised by the British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua.