New environment needed at Psychiatric Emergency at St Joseph's Hospital
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This petition is about the psychiatric emergency service (PES) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Charlton campus, in Hamilton, Ontario. I want to discuss how it should be fixed.
This area is meant to triage vulnerable patients struggling with their thoughts, emotions and behaviours due to a wide variety of mental illnesses.
The sad part is that it's incredibly dirty.
The patient rooms have bugs and dirty mattresses - All the rooms are similar in their filth.
There are also rooms that have holes in the walls, poorly covered up graffiti, broken chairs and filth stemming from the floor to ceiling.
When someone wants to go somewhere to talk to somebody about the mental stress they've been experiencing, they should NOT go to PES. At the moment this is the primary option for psychiatric triage to any hospital/unit geared toward mental health, leaving many no choice but to stay there when hurting.
I am afraid that if future vulnerable patients who are struggling with their thoughts, they'll get an infection.
FOR NEXT STEPS: PES should look into renovating the facility. They should deep clean the rooms (at the very least). They could repaint walls, fix holes in the walls and use real hospital beds as opposed to mattresses that are either on the floor or what seems like a cement block.
A cleaner PES would improve Hamilton's mental health status drastically.
PLEASE sign this petition if you have either seen the deplorable conditions of PES at St Joseph's as a patient or family member or you read this and felt compelled to make a difference to a mental health facility that is poorly designed and filthy.
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