No Changes To Youth Psychiatric Services For Now: NSHA
The Nova Scotia Health Authority says there will be no changes for now to emergency child and adolescent psychiatric services in Cape Breton, though it’s suggesting changes could be coming soon.
An internal memo recently suggested youth psychiatric patients under 19 on the island should be sent to the IWK because the Health Authority’s Eastern Zone doesn’t have enough resources to provide adequate care.
The site lead with the psychiatric department suggested making the change tomorrow, but the Health Authority now says that’s not happening.
However, it does suggest possible changes in the near future, saying no changes will take place before the New Year.
It adds that’ll allow more time for planning on how to best provide service.
The Eastern Zone now has only one part-time child and adolescent psychiatrist, and will soon have only six psychiatrists overall.
That compares to 14 psychiatrists three years ago.