In Hospital Care

Acute & Short Term Services

Acute Inpatient Services

Acute psychiatric hospitalization provides multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment services to stabilize acute symptoms in a safe environment.

After stabilization, inpatient services link the patient to community mental health and substance use services for follow-up and continued treatment and recovery.

Communities with acute inpatient services:

Addictions Medicine Consult Service - South Island

An Addiction Medicine Consult Service (AMCS) is available for patients with, or with suspected, Substance Use Disorder admitted to Victoria General, Royal Jubilee or Saanich Peninsula hospitals. The service is available through referral by a patient’s physician while in hospital.

The service supports assessment and diagnosis; symptom management; harm reduction, treatment initiation and discharge planning.

The service includes an Addiction Medicine Physician, an Addiction Social Worker and a Peer Support member from the Umbrella Society. Considering that addiction is a chronic medical condition, the service has a particular emphasis on robust discharge planning so that patients can be strongly connected with a variety of long term addiction support and services in the community.

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