Expanding to meet Perth’s mental health needs

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Hollywood Private Hospital has completed a major expansion of its mental health clinic, including a purpose-built day facility and a new 31-bed inpatient ward.

The Perth hospital is now one of the largest private mental health services providers in Western Australia, offering 101 inpatient beds. 

The day hospital has five group therapy rooms and a day procedure unit with a neuro-stimulation suite, and has the capacity to treat 120 patients a day.

It is the third major expansion of The Hollywood Clinic since it opened in 1997.

“There has been an 85 percent rise in psychiatric admissions at the hospital since 2013,” the hospital’s CEO Peter Mott said. “The significant growth in our mental health admissions, and resulting expansions, can largely be attributed to the success of our programs. 

“We also know there has been a reduction in stigma around mental health and more people are seeking help for their issues.”

Mr Mott said the new day hospital would significantly increase Hollywood’s capacity to treat people who wanted to remain in the community while receiving care.

“The new facilities are spacious, light and comfortable, and have been especially designed to create a therapeutic and healing environment for patients.

“We have also built a 310-square-meter landscaped courtyard with gardens for patients to enjoy the sunshine while sitting, reading or participating in group therapy,” he said.

The hospital is part of the Ramsay Health Care group, which is Australia’s largest private provider of mental health services.

The clinic expansion is part of Ramsay’s $200 million, five-year redevelopment of the Nedlands campus.

The final stage is a $67 million project to build the first private emergency department north of the Swan river.

Hollywood Private Hospital CEO Peter Mott receives a traditional axe from Noongar Elder Neville Collard on the new emergency department site.

Due to be completed in September 2021, construction has recently started and a traditional Noongar smoking ceremony was held to bless the site in July.

Noongar Elder Neville Collard told stories about the land where the hospital was built and its local customs, and presented a traditional kodj (axe) which will be displayed in the new emergency department.

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