Qatar expands mental health services at PHCC centers – Doha News

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The Services can be used by people aged 18 or over with mental health issues.

Three new health centers will now provide psychiatric clinics as part of a plan to expand the Primary Health Care Corporation’s “integrated mental health service”, authorities said.

Patients registered at any PHCC health center can receive community care at the clinics, and those with moderate to severe mental health issues can receive services provided jointly by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) as well as the clinics. .

According to the PHCC website, integrated psychiatry clinics are currently offered at Al Thumama, Qatar University and Al Wajbah health centers.

Physicians from other PHCC health centers refer patients aged 18 and over who have moderate to severe, but non-emergency, mental health issues.

Patients over the age of 18 who have problems with moderate to severe anxiety, depression, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other problems can receive services from PHCC’s psychiatric clinics.

Those in need of such services should consult their family doctor who will examine them and, if necessary, refer them to designated clinics to be treated accordingly.

The program was initially introduced as a pilot initiative at Thumama Health Center and later expanded to two other health centers.

This service also contributes to one of the goals of Qatar’s “National Health Strategy”, which calls for primary care to provide 20% of mental health services currently offered in hospitals.

The clinics provide effective, evidence-based mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment, while seeking to provide comprehensive mental health treatment to people who were previously referred to the HMC Psychiatric Hospital.

The program also offers increased patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes in addition to integrated mental health care. This will lead to a reduction in secondary care appointments, which will relieve the health care system a little.

The PHCC has also opened its “Support Clinic” in five health centers including Leabaib, Rawdat Al Khail, Al Thumama, Al Wajbah and Qatar University.

Services include early diagnosis and clinical examinations performed by competent and highly trained physicians who can recognize and assess mild to moderate mental problems.

All patients between the ages of 18 and 65 are welcome to use the service, the PHCC previously said.

Psychological therapies, administration of medications, lifestyle and self-management counselling, as well as appropriate information and counseling for patients and their caregivers, are all possible treatment choices.

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