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St-Elisabeth site - Uccle
02-614 20 00
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02-614 30 00
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Welcome to the psychiatry ward

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PRESENTATION OF THE PSYCHIATRY WARD

The psychiatry ward at the Europe Hospitals St Michel site comprises three distinct units that work closely together: the inpatient unit, the consultations unit and the outpatient unit. The department is a founding member of the APSY (Psychiatric Services Association) network and works in close synergy with two nearby non-profit associations, Addictions and Atelier Côté Cour.

The department has practiced a humanistic and social approach to psychiatry for many years, with great care taken to respect the uniqueness of each individual and the vagaries of their life story.

The inpatient unit caters to all types of psychiatric disorders, of psychological and social weaknesses, and exhibits a particular interest and a certain expertise for treating addictions thanks to the department's specialisation in this arena for over thirty years. Furthermore, the patients hospitalised in the unit who present somatic problems during their stay are monitored by an internist on a regular basis and investigations are conducted in collaboration with the hospital's various specialised departments.

The unit has 31 beds distributed over double rooms and private rooms, and features several communal areas where life and the therapeutic process unfold in a spirit of exchange and sharing. Thus, patients can enjoy a living room equipped with a TV and sound system, a dining room where the three meals of the day are enjoyed – which also serves as a TV room –, different rooms where the activities offered by the department take place and a smoking lounge.

The department prioritises scheduled admissions via outpatient pre-admission interviews which take place in the consultations unit. This facilitates preparation of the hospital stay and identification of everyone's expectations and obligations. Good patient compliance with the treatment plan facilitates the hospital course. As for actual medical and/or psychosocial emergencies, the department strives to respond to them in a timely manner.

As one of the hospital's primary missions is to enable patients to recover their capacity to live within the social network to which they belong as quickly as possible, the department works closely with external healthcare and support networks.

The inpatient unit is an open service which only admits patients on a voluntary basis. Accordingly, the unit does not treat patients who are hospitalised under duress.

THE OUTPATIENT UNIT

The outpatient unit offers therapeutic care, for a fixed period of time. The stay involves support sessions, communal life and diverse activities, which are all ways of mobilising the creative and human potential of each individual once again.

THE CONSULTATIONS UNIT

The psychiatric consultations unit offers a wide variety of clinical activities intended for patients presenting all types of psychological issues or psychiatric disorders. Apart from standard psychiatric consultations, individual and/or family psychotherapy sessions are also offered as well as substitution therapy for heroin addicts.

TREATMENT

During his hospital stay, the patient receives medical care from a multidisciplinary team. Admission is a moment of privileged contact with the patient, a starting point that will shape management of the case. The objective being to establish a dialogue, create conditions for partnership and foster, from the outset, an atmosphere of cooperation and trust. Ideally, admission associates the patient, the psychiatrist and a member of the nursing team who will undertake a more adapted and intensive treatment of the patient by virtue of the work of referral.

The hospital stay revolves around two therapeutic pillars: the individual treatment plan and communal life. The dynamics of the unit are, in fact, largely communal, using encounters with and the support of other patients as additional therapeutic leverage. The patients are therefore in contact with each other and the team strives to maintain an atmosphere that is friendly and conducive to interaction.

During his hospital stay, the patient is invited to participate in the different activities offered by the occupational therapy team, the physiotherapist, the painter, but also by the nursing team. A bulletin board displaying the day's activities is available at the entrance to the department and is updated daily to optimally structure each day. A communal meeting is held every Monday from 09:15am to 10:15am; each patient is required to attend because it constitutes the cornerstone of the organisation of daily life within the department in accordance with everyone's suggestions and remarks. Fostering a communal life of serenity concerns us all.

YOUR ROOM

The department offers double rooms and private rooms. Each room is equipped with a shower room. The rooms are not equipped with televisions; two televisions are set up in the department's communal lounges.

MEAL ORGANISATION

During the week, the wake-up call comes at 08:00am, followed by breakfast which is served in the dining room until 09:00am. The other meals are also enjoyed communally in the dining room at 12:00pm and 05:00pm.

SERVICES

Telephone and Internet

All rooms have telephone and internet connections. You will receive a personal code for the telephone when you register. If required you should also ask for access codes for the internet at the admissions department. Outside admissions opening hours, please feel free to ask for the access code at the reception.

Hairdresser - Pedicure

If you wish, you may make an appointment for your hair and/or pedicure via the head nurse of your ward.

YOUR DISCHARGE

Discharge from the department is decided upon in consultation with the team and your doctor. During your stay, we shall emphasise the importance of organising post-hospital care. Generally, we advise patients who are already engaged in psychotherapy sessions prior to their admission to continue treatment after their hospital stay. Other types of follow-up treatments are possible and can be organised in conjunction with a member of the team.

You must continue to take your medication in accordance with your doctor's advice and you will be given prescriptions so that you can organise yourself as best as possible to continue your treatment at home.

We recognise the importance of your hospitalisation and the outpatient follow-up that will continue the psychotherapeutic work carried out during your hospitalisation. Thanks to everyone's cooperation we will pursue this to the best of our ability.