Kerferd the second worst in state

Report on seclusion of mental health patients rates Victorian institutions
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BAD SPELL: Last December quarter Wangaratta’s Kerferd Psychiatric Services Unit (see seclusion rate graph inset) had the second highest amount of patient seclusion cases (per 1000 admissions) in Victoria.

WANGARATTA’S Kerferd Psychiatric Services Unit rates as the second worst in Victoria based on a report into seclusion, released by a state lobby group on mental illness.
‘Seclusion’ is a practice used in mental health facilities which involves locking distressed patients into an isolated room.
The report ranks Victorian hospitals based on how often they use seclusion and the rate goes by the number of seclusion incidents for every 1000 beds occupied at the hospital.
Wangaratta has a rate of 32.5 and for the December 2018 quarter was the second worst in the state, only better than University Hospital Geelong with 36.5.
They are two of five facilities that don’t meet the key performance indicator (KPI) of 15, with Box Hill (23.8), Mildura (22.6), and Ballarat (20.1) all failing the KPI target.
The latest statistics were worse than the September 2018 quarter when Wangaratta was at 20.8 incidents of seclusion.
Wangaratta District Base Hospital’s Kerferd Psychiatric Services Unit is a facility managed by Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) and it has not met KPIs since the March quarter in 2018 but it did for the whole of the 2017 calendar year.


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