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Mental health in Moray: Easing distress of a Ward 4 admission

By Alistair Whitfield

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Stafff at Ward 4 with the new leaflet.
Stafff at Ward 4 with the new leaflet.

Having a loved one being admitted to ward 4 – the psychiatric ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital – can be a confusing and emotional time for families.

A new leaflet has been created by Moray Wellbeing Hub and staff at Ward 4 to try ease some of the distress.

Senior charge nurse Sandra MacGillivray said: "Our hope is that this leaflet will assist people to understand the care and treatment their relative will receive if they require an admission to the ward."

The leaflet aims to give answers to questions frequently asked by relatives and carers, as well as provide reassurance.

Launched during what is mental health awareness week, it also includes input from a range of sources.

These include carers, Moray Wellbeing Hub, Quarriers, Circles Advocacy and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Chris Ritchie, a director and champion at Moray Wellbeing Hub said: "I'm excited to be involved in creating this leaflet.

"It fills a huge need and pays tribute to the legions of carers and loved ones, including myself, who have been looked after in ward 4 over the years."

Copies are being distributed to GP practices across Moray.

They will also be available on the ward and at other support services.

A digital version can be seen on the Moray Wellbeing Hub website.

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