Acting Director of the Psychiatric Hospital Heather Payne Drakes said there are now many success stories of individuals who have been admitted for care at the facility and have been successfully treated and reintegrated to their families and friends.
Speaking on Saturday during the annual Christmas visit by acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, the hospital administrator said there are now past patients who are productive members of the community and assisting with the development of the country.
“We at the Psychiatric Hospital are proud of the achievements which have been realized in the delivery of mental healthcare services to the Barbadian population,” she said.
“This progress has been made possible through the provision of a comprehensive range of clinical services to the Barbadian population . . . that not only ensure the provision of medical and nursing care, but offers clients the social and rehabilitative services necessary for their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.”
Services offered at the hospital include occupational and recreational therapy, psychology, drug rehabilitation and social work.
In addition to providing residential care in the hospital, patients also receive follow-up care in the outpatient facility and at polyclinics throughout the island.
Having been established in 1891, the history of the hospital is similar to that of many such institutions in the region and also throughout the developed world.
Drakes noted that over the years, the hospital has evolved from an institution where individuals were placed to be kept away from the general population, to a highly specialized medical facility where quality healthcare is accessible by all.