The Mental Health In-Patient Unit is mainly aimed at cases of depression and anxiety such as obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress, social phobia, panic attacks, generalized anxiety and Burnout Syndrome.
This In-Patient Unit has a capacity of 10 beds, with 2 bed wards and private suits, providing a serene, safe and comfortable stay.
In the event of medical care being needed, other than psychiatric, exams or other necessary tests, it is possible to have them carried out at the Clinica Particular SIIPEMOR on the Ground Floor of the same building. If the exams prescribed are not available at the Clinic, they can be carried out at the Hospital Particular in Gambelas – Faro.
Hospital Discharge is the responsibility of the patient’s doctor, Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 1pm. Exceptionally discharge can take place until 5pm, by the Psychiatrist, provided he is on the premises.
In the event of medical discharge being required outside the stipulated times (without doctor’s consent):
(a) if a risk situation is not identified discharge is provided against medical advice;
(b) if the doctor considers that the conditions laid down in point 1 of no. 12 of the Mental Health Law (LSM, Law no. 36/98, of 24/07) governing Compulsory Hospitalization ["the person with a serious mental illness which might cause a danger to property, to himself or others, and refuses to submit to the necessary medical treatment, may be placed in an appropriate establishment.”], after the necessary safety measures have been observed (physical or chemical restraint, if necessary), the patient should be taken to the Emergency Department of the Public Hospital of the respective area of residence, where an Emergency Psychiatric Evaluation will be carried out.
Discharge without doctor’s consent:
points a) and b) will be followed.
Discharge by abandonment:
depending on the patient’s medical and family condition, the situation may or may not be reported to the authorities.
This Unit occupies the 1st and 2nd Floors of the Clínica Particular SIIPEMOR, in São Brás de Alportel. It enjoys a pleasant view across the hills and the very recent Parque das Amendoeiras, a landscaped project adjacent to the Clinic. The design and decoration of the Unit reflects peace and tranquility.
The 1st Floor consists of In-Patient facilities with private rooms and rooms with two beds, main reception, common lounge and dining area as well as a nurses station. All rooms have television and telephones.
The 2nd Floor consists of consulting rooms for individual psychologist and psychiatric consultations as well as for the most Therapeutic Group Activities. Also available on this floor are other general consulting rooms as well as a large multipurpose room and a pleasant an open-air living area, all planned with safety and security in mind.
On the Ground Floor there is a Medical Emergency Unit with doctor on Permanent Duty, as well as an Out-Patient Unit with multiple medical Specialties available, including a Department of Imagiology, which also supports the In-Patient Unit when necessary.
To be admitted as an in-patient to the Mental Health Unit an Informed Consent Form containing all its rules and regulations must be agreed to and signed.
The general rules defined are based on those already established in other private psychiatric institutions. However, considering that this is a low-risk hospitalization unit, it is intended that common sense prevail, and it may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis when warranted.
After discharge from the In-Patient Unit, treatment with the Psychiatrist and Psychologist may continue on an out-patient basis as follow-up appointment, should the patient so wish. It is also our intention to organize Therapeutic Group Sessions in the Unit for ex-patients and their relatives.
Referral for admission can be done:
Referral and admission are not immediate and therefore may be conditioned by the following:
If the patient himself wants to be admitted to the Mental Health Unit, the secretary of the Mental Health Unit must be contacted. A response will be received within 24hours where all the necessary information will be provided. The following form must be completed and returned.
FOR WHOM IT IS INTENDED
This Unit is intended for adults with psychiatric illness who voluntarily accept in-patient admission.
It is intended for adults of all ages. Activities planned in the Unit require a quiet and calm environment therefore some conditions are excluded and acceptance criteria defined. Admission to the Unit when it is not consensual and voluntary, cases of severe psychiatric decompensation with marked psychomotor agitation, aggressiveness to self and to others and / or psychotic symptoms with risk criteria.
We treat cases of depression and anxiety such as obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, panic, general anxiety, and burnout syndrome. This Unit also treats personality disorders and problems associated with behavior, such as impulsivity, self-mutilation, drug intoxication, and eating disorders. Cases of substance abuse, such as alcohol and other addictions, are closely supported by Internal Medicine, especially in the physical abstinence phase.
In-patient Mental Health Unit offers a daily 7 day program schedule, consisting of various therapeutic activities, both individual and group, in a safe, calm and quiet environment, away from stress and the influence of daily living distractions.
The activities consist of several innovative elements, both classic and recently updated therapeutic protocols that illustrate the clinical success of the Team. It consists of a flexible program that allows for a close and personalized psychological follow-up, on a case-to-case basis, respecting the problem in question and its specificities, the socio-cultural reality of the individual and his/her social and religious beliefs.
Pharmacological treatment is used selectively whenever necessary and on consent.
In addition to individual psychiatric and psychological treatment, there are also daily Clinical Hypnosis Sessions. In accordance with the scheduled weekly agenda, there are also psycho-education sessions, video therapy, art therapy, meditation and relaxation sessions.
The Clinical Hypnosis Protocol of the Unit was developed by Dr. Cristina Miguel. Her influence on this technique come from the work of the Portuguese hypnotherapist Mário Rui Santos and from the hypnosis masters Milton Erickson, Brian Weiss, Sofia Bauer, Louise Hay and Marisa Peer.